Baucom named new Spartan football coach

INDIAN TRAIL – Former Central Academy of Technology and Arts’ football coach Tad Baucom has been named the new coach at Sun Valley, according to Spartans’ athletics director Chris Batchelor.

Baucom is replacing Paul Hall, who resigned after leading Sun Valley to a 7-5 record and a share of the Southern Carolinas conference title in his first season with the Spartans. Batchelor said Sun Valley received interest from several coaches regarding the opening, but after interviews the administration decided to offer the position to Baucom, who just
finished his third year as CATA’s coach after previous stints at Topsail and Monroe. Overall, Baucom owns a 93-81 record in 16 seasons.

“There’s a lot of history there and we have prior knowledge of him and who he is,” Batchelor said. “We’re very, very happy with the decision that we made and we’re looking forward to an exciting chapter in Sun Valley football. We have a great history and tradition of winning here and I think that’s going to generate excitement for a new phase.”

Baucom will take over as the weight lifting teacher in conjunction with his football responsibilities. The new Spartan coach said he showed interest in the position last season after Scott Stein resigned to accept the Myers Park job, but this time the opportunity was more fitting for him to transition to Sun Valley.

“I love the players here at CATA,” Baucom said. “I’ve grown attached to them. Anytime you put your heart and soul into something it’s always hard to say goodbye. I’ve watched these players grow and become confident in their abilities on the field and off and I’ve grown to love them like they’ve grown to love
me.”

Baucom said there are no hard feelings amongst his players or staff at CATA regarding his resignation.

“We agreed to be happy for one another,” he said. “We’ll stay in touch and continue to love each other. They’ll be fine. They’ve got a lot of great coaches and great staff (at CATA), and they’ll definitely be missed by my family and myself.”

Baucom is currently working on getting his staff together, but said his main goal is to continue the tradition of excellence at Sun Valley.

“We’re going to bring really positive influences to Sun Valley,” he said. “We’re going to be goal-oriented on the football field and in life. We want to change the mindset about giving back to the community and making the community proud. That’s going to be our
focus.”

Hall, who has spent the last 19 years as a coach and teacher at the high school level, came to Sun Valley before the start of the 2013 season after spending three years at Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, where he went 12-21. Hall had previous stops at Midway, where he coached for four seasons, going 27-22.

Batchelor said that Hall decided to move back to Winston-Salem permanently to reunite with his wife and son who remained in Winston-Salem.

“It got to the point where it was really hard on him and his family to do the long distance,” Batchelor said. “He would go home to Winston on Friday after the games and then have to leave at 5 a.m. on Monday morning. It was just too
much.

“It was a tough decision for him, but he knows he needs to be closer to his family. That’s what’s important and I can’t blame him for that.”

Hall is currently pursuing his doctorate degree which will give him more flexibility concerning whether or not he continues teaching and coaching.

 

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