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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 19:57

Greeson the latest Titan coach to resign

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Chet Greeson, above, led Hopewell to a 124-88 record and eight state playoff appearances in eight years. Charlie Gray, below, coached the Hopewell football team in 2015. Chet Greeson, above, led Hopewell to a 124-88 record and eight state playoff appearances in eight years. Charlie Gray, below, coached the Hopewell football team in 2015. Justin Parker

After eight years, Chet Greeson has coached his last baseball game at Hopewell High.

Greeson notified the Titan players and their parents of the move on June 6.

Previously the coach at East Meck, Greeson has 348 career wins and the reputation of one of the best in the Charlotte area. He led the Titans to a 124-88 record (.585), eight state playoff berths and two conference regular season and tournament titles. This year’s team went 13-14, but the young Titans overcame a 1-7 start to win 12 of their final 19 and reach the final of the MECKA 4A Tournament.

Greeson did not want to comment for this story, but in an e-mail to team parents, he said he was moving on “due to differences between myself and our administration in regard to philosophy and the management of our program.” Greeson was given the opportunity to resign.

He’s the latest in a string of about a dozen Hopewell coaches and athletic personnel who have stepped aside in recent years and then expressed differences with the administration as the reason. The football program has had four head coaches the last six seasons, leaving many to ponder the school’s commitment to not only that sport, but athletics in general.

Principal Dino Gisiano, in his fourth year at Hopewell, says he has the school’s best interest at heart.

“I can assure you I have an incredibly strong commitment to both the academic and athletic programs of my school,” he said in a statement to the Citizen. “That will never waver. I believe in time you will see the benefits of both my commitment and the commitment of my coaches and teachers.”

After word of Greeson’s resignation spread, former Hopewell football coach Charlie Gray reached out to the Citizen. Gray, formerly Mike Palmieri’s right-hand man for two state championships at Mallard Creek, coached the Titans in 2015. He said clashes with the administration made it the least enjoyable year of his career. Gray is now an assistant coach at West Rowan, and said he’d been quiet long enough about the state of the Titans’ program.

“It’s the same stuff, no support, lack of support,” he said. “Coach Greeson was the best employee (Gisiano) had at that school. You couldn’t ask for a better employee. He was the first one to cover your class. He’d mark the field for you.”

Greeson still has his teaching position and plans to coach again. He has taught for 32 years and can also benefit from full retirement if he so chooses.

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  • Comment Link mark mennitt Saturday, 17 June 2017 23:14 posted by mark mennitt

    Chet is one of the great ones in NC high school baseball. A true baseball " lifer". He deserved better, he is a class act!

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