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Thursday, 13 July 2017 14:45

Martin takes over for Hurlocker at Hopewell

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Quinn Martin, above, spent the last two years at East Rowan. Brian Hurlocker, below, coached Hopewell for one season. Quinn Martin, above, spent the last two years at East Rowan. Brian Hurlocker, below, coached Hopewell for one season. Justin Parker

With kickoff a little more than a month away, Hopewell High has a change at the top of its football program.

Head coach Brian Hurlocker has resigned after one season and been replaced by Quinn Martin, who joined the program about a month ago to be offensive coordinator. That means the Titans will open the 2017 season with their fifth head coach in six seasons.

“I think Coach Martin will do a great job,” said Hurlocker, who came to Hopewell last year after 12 years at Fork Union Military Academy. “He’s going to be good for the program. Everything that needs to be in place is in place.”

Hurlocker said his exit is solely for family reasons and to spend more time at home. He is leaving coaching and moving back to his hometown of Winston-Salem.

“It has nothing to do with the team or the school,” he said. “It’s just personal.”

Martin, 42, spent the last two seasons as an assistant at East Rowan after coaching stops at Porter Ridge, Garinger and Livingstone College. He grew up in Florida, played junior college football in California and spent eight years in the army. He believes he’s ready to be a head coach.

“I do because I’ve been preparing,” said Martin. “One thing the military teaches you is to be ready, and I’ve been preparing.”

Hurlocker’s Titans went 1-10 a year ago, with the lone win coming in the season opener at Garinger. Hopewell is 4-29 the past three years and opens the season Aug. 18 at home against A.L. Brown.

Charlie Gray coached the Titans in 2015 after Matt Jenkins, now the coach at Hough, led Hopewell for two years. David Johnson was the coach in 2011 and 2012. Hopewell has missed the state playoffs the last three seasons.

Martin wants to not only bring continuity and stability to the program, but change the recent trend.

“Everything is culture,” he said. “I want the kids to play a certain way, and the wins will take care of themselves.”

The coaching change is the fourth in the north Mecklenburg area this offseason, including at Davidson Day (Chad Grier to Robert Walsh), Hough (Miles Aldridge to Jenkins) and North Meck (Brad Baker to Eric Morman).

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