BARCO — Former Currituck head football coach John Wheeler has accepted an assistant coaching position at Chowan University.
The coach made the announcement on the social media platform Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.
“I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to join the football staff at my #AlmaMater @ChowanFootball as the Nickels / Strikes Coach. So ready to get after it #HardWorkWins #ChowanHawks,” Wheeler posted.
Wheeler, who spent the past nine seasons as the head coach at Currituck, will serve as an assistant on defense for the Hawks.
In an interview on Wednesday with The Daily Advance, Wheeler added that he is excited for the opportunity.
Wheeler is aware of the uniqueness of the situation to coach at his college alma mater after spending nearly a decade as the football coach at the high school in which he graduated from.
“It’s an incredible opportunity,” he said. “It’s a rare opportunity.”
Wheeler resigned as the head coach at Currituck on April 16.
While at the helm of the Knights, Wheeler led Currituck to five North Carolina High School Athletic Association state playoff appearances and a share of a Northeastern Coastal Conference championship in 2013.
Wheeler was also named league coach of the year for the 2013 campaign.
The coach joins a Chowan program that has been competitive in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association in recent seasons.
The Hawks posted a 4-6 overall record with a 4-3 record in the CIAA last season.
Chowan was fourth in the six-team CIAA Northern Division last fall.
Two seasons ago, the Hawks posted a 6-4 overall record with a 4-3 mark in the CIAA Northern Division.
Wheeler noted that Chowan athletics has grown since his time in Murfreesboro as a player in the 2000s.
He added that Chowan is making a commitment to athletics and to the campus as a whole.
“I’m blessed to be a part of it,”Wheeler said. “I can’t wait to get out there in July and join the staff, meet the kids and start getting after it.”
Chowan opens the 2018 season on the road at Campbell University on Aug. 30. The Hawks’ home opener is on Sept. 22 against McKendree (Ill.).
SCHUSTER TAKES 3RD
Katherine Schuster finished in third place at the 92nd Carolinas Women’s Amateur Championship at Green Valley Country Club in Greenville, S.C., on Tuesday.
Schuster, who just completed her freshman year at First Flight High School, had her best round of the three-day tournament on Tuesday by shooting a 3-under-par 69.
The third and final round was only one under par for Schuster as the Kill Devil Hills product finished 1-over-par for the tournament.
Anna Redding from Concord won the tournament with a 5-under-par three round performance.
Kate Hill from Clemson, South Carolina was second at 1-under-par.