Dan Prouty has been hired as the new head wrestling coach at Hibriten High School in Lenoir, N.C. Prouty comes to the Panthers after spending the past season as the varsity boys soccer coach at Alexander
Central in Taylorsville. He will teach social studies at Hibriten.
Prouty admits it was a tough decision to leave Alexander Central, but he was anxious to go back to coaching wrestling. He has a passion for it and its been a big part of his familys life.
Prouty won a state title during his preps days at North Wilkes. He was the 1A-2A state champions at 112 pounds in 2004. Prouty coached wrestling at East Wilkes for three seasons, and he was an assistant wrestling coach at Alexander Central last year.
During his stay at East Wilkes, Prouty had three wrestlers---Zack Faircloth, Zach Prevette and Cody Mathis---who each won over 100 matches over their prep careers. Mathis, made school history in 2013 when he captured a 1-A state championship in the 152-pound class, the first one in school history in wrestling; Prevette was a 1-A state runner-up in the 132-pound class that same year. Faircloth was a state finalist at 195-pound in 2012.
This past winter, Derek Woodie, another wrestler who Prouty coached at East, won the 1-A state championship in the 145-pound class.