Independence High has entrusted its stellar program to former offensive coordinator Joe Evans, who will gain his first high school football head coaching experience in one of the state's most high profile locations.
Independence has won seven state championships since the 2000 season, made eight state finals and 10 N.C. Western Regional championship, or state semifinal appearances.
Evans, 32, replaces Bill Geiler, who is retiring. Geiler led the Patriots to a 15-0 season and a state title in 2004.
Either Geiler or Tom Knotts has coached the Patriots since the 2000 season began.
"We had to make sure we found the right person," Independence athletics director Kelly Lewis said, "and we feel like Joe will keep us going in the direction we're headed."
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