Bill Wyrick joins Harnett Central staff

A little bit of breaking news to throw out there. The Herald should have a story about this very soon.

Bill Wyrick, the former head coach of the Western Harnett Eagles, has accepted a position at Harnett Central to be the Trojans’ defensive coordinator.

Wyrick has coordinator experience, having served as the DC at Western Harnett when he came to the school in 1996. He continued to call defensive plays as a head coach as well.

It’s not surprising to see Wyrick land somewhere. He interviewed for a few head coaching jobs but was also seeking something that would be the right fit. Anybody who’s tried it lately knows times are tough on those looking to move.

Wyrick goes to a program on the rise at Harnett Central. Marc Morris has enjoyed success there, particularly in the Cape Fear Valley Conference, and coaches from around the league suggest that the Trojans could again be challenging for a conference championship after grooming several underclassmen in key roles last season.

And Wyrick brings considerable experience to the sideline. He came to Western Harnett in 1996 as a defensive coordinator, a position he held through 2007, serving on a staff that won a conference championship in 1998. 

As a head coach, Wyrick was 25-53 in seven seasons — 25-31 before the last two years — placing him second on the school’s career victories list. He led the Eagles to a share of the Tri-7 4-A Conference championship in 2002 and into the second round of the state 4-AA playoffs after beating Durham Jordan. The Eagles won seven games each in 2003 and 2005, both of which also resulted in playoff appearances. 

Wyrick brought the Eagles to the state playoffs three times as a head coach and six times while he was on staff. Before 1996, Western Harnett had one eight-win season and never reached the playoffs.

For a program that has won only 95 games since the school opened in 1977, Wyrick won 26 percent of them, and the Eagles’ record with him on staff since 1996 was 56-79.

But it was the last two seasons, which came after Western Harnett lost a large chunk of its student enrollment with the opening of Overhills High School in nearby Spring Lake, that cost him his job. The Eagles were winless the last two years.

“It’s a ‘what-have-you-done-for-me-lately’ kind of world,” Wyrick said after he was fired in early December.

Wyrick was always a pleasure for media members to deal with, taking whatever time was needed for interviews no matter the time, place or day. It’s good to see a good man find a good situation.


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