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David Green takes on new challenge at Green Hope

David Green

Aug, 1 2017, 7:18 PM

David Green has taken on rebuild projects almost everywhere he has coached at the high school level, but his new opportunity at Green Hope presents a unique challenge.

“Green Hope is a great place to be, all the way around,” Green said. “It’s a place that’s been successful at a lot of things. Academics are off the chart, [and] athletics has won the Wachovia Cup for eight straight years.

“There’s a lot of great things about Green Hope and I’m excited to be there, I really am.”

Green is quick to credit former Green Hope head coach Kwame Dixon, who took over as offensive coordinator at Sanderson this offseason.

“It’s not as big a challenge as most places I’ve gone in my career,” he said. “I’ve kind of over and over against gone to places and try to turn them around. Coach Dixon left this one in good shape.”

Green Hope hired the former Leesville and Enloe head coach in January. Green compiled a 3-19 the last two seasons at Enloe. At Leesville, Green tallied a 52-24 record with two Cap 8 Conference championships in six seasons.

In between his time at Leesville and Enloe, Green posted a 27-23 record at Williams High School in Burlington, leading the Bulldogs to the 3A playoffs in each of his four seasons with the program.

Unlike Green’s previous first-year situations, Green Hope isn’t in total reconstruction mode, having reached the playoffs in each of the last five years.

The Falcons finished 6-6 last season and fell to Garner in the first round of the 4A state playoffs.

“[It’s] not a ‘build it from the ground’ kind of thing,” Green said. “But at the same time, it’s a new coaching staff, it’s a new way of doing things. There are some adjustments that have to go there so the players can adjust to things the way that I want them done.

“You’ve got a little bit of that, but I think the players have adjusted well to it. I’ve been very happy with the response we’ve gotten from them.”

Green Hope also ushers in a new era this season as far as conference opponents with the new realignment, becoming a member of the newly formed Triangle 6 Conference with Athens Drive, Cary, Jordan, Panther Creek and Riverside-Durham.

The bar has been set high by Green in his inaugural season, with the expectation to compete for the top conference spot and make a run in the playoffs.

“We think we have a good shot at winning the conference,” he said. “If our goal is to play past Thanksgiving — practice on Thanksgiving and play into December — you better think you can win a conference championship. That’s got to be one of the goals you have going in.

“Finishing second or third in the conference and then getting into the playoffs and winning a few games is all well and good, but there’s no hardware in that. You’d like to have a little something so that when the guys come back.”

The Falcons were already in a good position to be a top team in the Triangle 6, but the first-year Green Hope head coach was gifted five-star wide receiver Jordyn Adams shortly after taking the job, furthering the team’s high expectations in 2017.

Adams, who transferred to Green Hope from Blythwood, will become the Falcons’ No. 1 receiver opposite of Blake Watson, the team's leading receiver last season.

The star wideout threw for 2,350 yards and 24 touchdowns and rushing for 793 yards and 11 scores. He was named the 5-A South Carolina Player of the Year last season.

Adams recently pledged his commitment to UNC-Chapel Hill, picking the Tar Heels over the defending National Champion Clemson Tigers.

“When I first took the job, one of my former coaches who now coaches in the conference call me me and said, ‘You come in there an you have the best player in the conference already sitting there — Blake Watson,’” Green said. “And then shortly after that, Jordyn [Adams] transfers in. It’s a big plus to add a really good player on top of another really good player.

“It’s been a smooth mix bringing him in. The other kids get along with him well. He and Blake have become best buddies; you don’t see one without the other.”

The Falcons won’t have it easy in Week 1 to start the season, hosting Southern Nash in the team’s home opener. The Firebirds finished 12-1 last season.

Green Hope will round out its non-conference schedule against Apex, Apex Friendship, Leesville Road, Holly Springs and Sanderson before opening conference play on Oct. 6 against Cary.





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