Tim Bennett of Roanoke Rapids will arrive in Chapel Hill next month as the new athletics director at Chapel Hill High School. He'll replace Tod Morgan in the post, who leaves at the end of Friday to take over as basketball head coach at C.B. Aycock High School in Pikeville.
"Tim Bennett has a lot of knowledge and valuable experience," Morgan said as he packed up his office belongings at CHHS. "He is really prepared as an athletics director."
Morgan, who served as both basketball head coach and director of athletics at Chapel Hill High School, noted Bennett had been both a coach and director as well.
Bennett was football head coach at Roanoke Rapids for 12 years, reviving a moribund program and in 1998 leading the Yellow Jackets to their first winning season in 15 years. Roanoke Rapids went 59-43-1 and qualified for the playoffs six times in his final nine seasons.
Bennett resigned as football coach at Roanoke Rapids in January 2007, with plans to coach at Orange High School in Hillsborough. Bennett at the time noted he went to high school in nearby Durham, and his wife graduated from Orange High School. He returned, without taking the Orange post, to Roanoke Rapids High School shortly after being offered the post of athletics director.
Bennett's appointment was approved by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school administration Tuesday, and he confirmed his departure Wednesday in conversations with Roanoke Rapids coaches, saying his last day there would be Oct. 18.
He spent some of Wednesday in Chapel Hill, meeting faculty and staff members at CHHS, including many of the coaches.
Morgan noted the new A.D. will have to hit the ground running. One of Bennett’s first duties will be to find a new basketball coach to replace Morgan, who in five years led Chapel Hill to three straight 20-win seasons and three straight conference championships.
Basketball practice officially begins Oct. 30 for NCHSAA teams.