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Tuesday, 02 July 2013 21:00

Chip Watts has stepped down as baseball coach at St. Stephens High. Watts, who graduated from St. Stephens, leaves the Indians after five years as head coach. He has been named an assistant principal at Mill Creek Middle School in Claremont, N.C. His new position will allow Watts the opportunity to work with more students. He

will be working with 400 or more student, and his message is simple---"strive to do your best and further your education."
Watts, who was the Indians’ fourth varsity head baseball coach since Harry Frye retired after the 1991 season. Watts took over the baseball program in 2009, replacing Darel Reese (also a St. Stephens grad) after Reese guided the Indians to a 134-81 record and five state playoff bids in nine seasons.
The Indians were 12-11 last season after began the year with a 10-4 record. They finished in a three-way tie with Fred T. Foard and Hibriten for fifth place in the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference. The Indians were 49-64 under Watts. They missed the state playoffs in Watts’ first season (2009), then reached the postseason four seasons in a row but lost in the first round each time.
The next hire joins a short list of varsity baseball head coaches at St. Stephens that includes former Maiden athletic director Jeff Price (1992-1994), who has retired, and Todd Setzer (1995-1999), who continues to coach athletics at Bunker Hill.


Freedom: Athletic director Casey Rogers will have new head coaches in volleyball and girls’ golf.
Amber Fox, the Patriots’ varsity girls’ basketball head coach, will guide the volleyball team, while Robert Scott takes over girls’ golf. Both are Freedom graduates. Fox has coached Freedom to 180 basketball wins in nine seasons, and Scott has been at Freedom four years and also been an assistant coach in baseball.

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