Freedom back to looking for new grid coach
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
MORGANTON -- For the second time in as many years, Freedom will be looking for a new head football coach.
Blair Hardin, who coached the Patriots to an 11-2 record in 2013, resigned his post at Freedom to take the head football coaching position at North Myrtle Beach High in South Carolina, according to the Morganton News-Herald.
North Myrtle Beach finished 9-3 last season after finishing 5-5 in 2012. The Chiefs were 0-10 in the previous two seasons.
The Horry County School Board approved the hiring on Monday night.
Hardin took Freedom to the second round of the state playoffs in 2013, where they lost to Forestview 35-34. Freedom beat East Rowan in the first round.
Freedom beat Watauga 41-34 in overtime at Jack Groce Stadium last season.
Hardin was the defensive coordinator at Providence and Ardrey Kell in Charlotte before taking over the Porter Ridge football team. He coached Porter Ridge to a 50-18 record in five seasons, including 40-5 in the final three.
Hardin also took Porter Ridge to the state 4-A championship round his final two seasons. The team's second trip to the finals started with a 69-0 home win over Watauga in the first round of the state 4-A playoffs.
Freedom athletic director Casey Rogers told the Morganton News-Herald that a search for a new football coach would begin immediately. Freedom is 43-9 over the past four seasons.