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Wilson to Lead North Meck Athletics

August 27, 2009
By S R of North Mecklenburg High School

Wilson to lead North Meck athletics Chris Hunt 17.JUL.09 chunt@huntersvilleherald.com North Mecklenburg High School didn’t call on a big name to replace its legendary athletics director Leory Holden, a 38-year veteran who fell victim to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ shrinking budget last month. Instead, North Meck Principal Joey Burch looked in-house to find the relatively unknown – at least in the high school athletics community: Kevin ­Wilson, the school’s culinary arts teacher. This is Wilson’s first athletics director job, and he’s never coached a varsity sport. But Burch said Wilson’s history working at North Meck made him the best candidate. Kevin Wilson is North Mecklenburg High School’s new athletics director. Chris Hunt/LNHW photo “Kevin is a man of integrity and character,” said Burch. “He’s highly organized and has great people skills. He has a certified license in high school administration and is familiar with the daily operations here at North Meck.” Wilson was hired to teach at North Meck 11 years ago, hoping to apply for an administrative job one day. He met the state’s administrative requirements, earning his master’s degree in student administration from Gardner-Webb University in 2008. And in an effort to earn hands-on training, he chaired North Meck’s Career and Technical Education Department, serving as the liaison between teachers and administrative staff. Wilson, however, also knows his way around an athletics program. For the past two seasons, Wilson coached the Vikings’ junior varsity baseball team. He also played Division III soccer at California State University Stanislaus, from which he earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education. Becoming North Meck’s athletics director allows Wilson to stay at a school he’s grown to love since moving to the Lake Norman area more than 20 years ago. “There is something about (North Meck) that’s very community-based,” said Wilson, who lives in Davidson. Wilson said he hopes his positive personality and whatever-it-takes mentality will help him quickly earn the respect of what he calls a “veteran coaching staff.” “I think I have the ability to sit and talk with people,” said Wilson. “I’m easygoing, and I didn’t take this job for the celebrity status. I’m not here to replace a legend. My goal is to maintain the integrity and athletic excellence started by Coach Holden.” Wilson said culinary arts are still a “passion” of his, and he’ll continue to teach his three classes. His love for cooking began in college, where he supported himself by working in the kitchens of area restaurants. Wilson earned a degree from the California Culinary Academy, but long hours in the restaurant business were taxing on his time with his wife, Amy, and two sons, Cole (a rising senior on North Meck’s baseball team) and Ian (a rising junior who attends Concord’s First Assembly Christian Academy). Burch said Wilson’s culinary arts background will translate to his new role. Part of the athletics director’s responsibilities is organizing concessions, managing staff for games and raising and allocating funds. Wilson has successfully coordinated many outdoor events at North Meck, including cooking for the North Meck Barbeque, a 30-year-old event designed to raise money for the school’s Parent Teacher Student Association. He co-chaired the event for 10 years. He said 10,000 pounds of barbecue were served in that time. Needless to say, Wilson’s skill on the grill has helped endear him to the North Meck faculty, forging relationships he hopes will help make an easy transition into his new job. “I think I’m popular with people at the school,” Wilson said with a smile. “People always like to eat.” - Lake Norman Herald Weekly

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