Colgan adds football duties at S. Granville
South Granville High School athletics director Don Colgan normally would have been poring over the applications that came in after Mike Hobgood resigned as the 2-A Vikings' head football coach to assume that role at Raleigh’s Leesville Road High School, which has a 4-A program.
“We received about 30 applications for the position,” Colgan said. “I applied as well, so I did not interview any of the other applicants. There was a committee of four that made the decision.”
The committee chose Colgan. So along with overseeing all of the sports at South Granville, Colgan is the primary leader of the Vikings' football team, too.
“The (committee) offered interviews to four of the applicants, as well as myself,” Colgan said.
The committee wanted Colgan to explain how he’d juggle all of South Granville’s ball teams and still be able to give the football team the attention it needed.
“I have been the AD for the past 2.5 years, as well as an assistant football coach,” Colgan wrote in an email message. “I will need to make sure that I do a great job communicating with my athletic coaching staff, as well as the football coaching staff. I know that my plate will be heavy at times, but I need to be organized and efficient. I do help out with a number of spring sports when an assistant coach is needed to fill in.”
South Granville was 9-3 overall this past season. The Vikings were 4-1 in Conference 12. Hertford County beat South Granville 27-14 in the first round of the 2-AA playoffs.
“Coach Hobgood has done a great job in building this program over his nine years at South Granville,” Colgan said. “We have a strong core of skill players returning, but we did graduate seven offensive lineman. During the spring, Coach Hobgood had started to install a new offense to take advantage of our strengths and make up for our youth on the front line. We are continuing to develop that offense. Defensively, we will make a fundamental switch in fronts to take advantage of our skill. I look forward to the challenge.”