by Chris Hunt
Hopewell football coach Chris Rust and North Mecklenburg baseball coach Mark King have resigned from their coaching positions. Both will continue to teach at their respective schools this spring.
Rust was with the football program since its inception in 2001. He spent his first four years as an assistant before becoming head coach in 2005. He led the Titans to a 43-31 record, making the playoffs in each of his six seasons. In 2007, Hopewell won its first conference championship with an 11-1 mark. Rust also won the last four showdowns with crosstown rival North Meck.
Hopewell athletics director Jamie Billings said the position is posted on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools job site and he hopes to begin interviews soon.
North Meck athletics director Kevin Wilson said in an e-mail that King resigned on Jan. 17. King coached at North Meck for nine years and guided the Vikings to 72 victories over the last four seasons, including at least a share of conference titles in 2007 and 2008.
Wilson also said Trevin Smith was named interim coach on Jan. 20 for the 2011 season. Smith is an American Legion coach for Huntersville Post 321 and has coached several Viking standouts. However, he’s not a teacher at North Meck.
“It was explained to me that this was a one-year position and I accepted on those terms,” Smith said. “After this season, who knows about next year? That’s a long time from now.”