Friday, December 6, 2013

West Charlotte football coach Marcus Surratt resigns

West Charlotte athletics director Chris Satterfield told the Observer that Lions football coach Marcus Surratt has resigned.

Surratt coached the Lions for four seasons. His first team, in 2010, finished 8-5. The Lions have been 5-28 since.

Satterfield said the school will begin a search for a replacement immediately.

In the just completed 2013 season, Surratt's team was 0-11 and was outscored 532-146. West Charlotte reached the state semifinals in 2007 under Maurice Flowers but had to forfeit its wins because of ineligible players.

The 2013 season was the first time West Charlotte had gone without a win on the field since 1968.

From 1980-1999, the Lions had two head coaches -- Bruce Hardin and Tom Knotts, a pair that led the Lions to five state championship appearances.

Since 2000, the Lions have had six head coaches: Mike Helms (6-5, 2000 season), Pete Gilchrist (50-29, 2001-06, one state finals appearance), Flowers (0-14-1, 2007), Aaron Brand (9-4, 2008), Jeff Simpson (5-7, 2009) and Surratt.

West Charlotte joins Myers Park, Garinger and Vance as Mecklenburg County schools with head coaching vacancies.

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