Bryant named state's top coach

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Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant looks toward the scoreboard during the state 3A championship game. Bryant was named the Associated Press Coach of the Year after guiding the Rams to their third straight state title.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 13:40 PM.

For the second time in three seasons, Havelock’s Jim Bob Bryant has been named the state high school coach of the year by The Associated Press.

The Rams went 16-0 in the 2013 season and won the state 3A championship with a 21-13 victory over Concord at Raleigh’s Carter-Finley Stadium.

He also won the award in 2011, when the Rams went 16-0 and beat three-time defending state champion West Rowan 38-6 in the state title game.

In the last three seasons, the Rams are 47-1, with that lone loss being by one point to the eventual 4A state champion in New Bern.

“It means a lot to me, but not just because of me,” Bryant said of the honor. “I have some amazing kids that play for me and some awesome assistants that help me every day at Havelock.”

Bryant’s assistant coaches include Caleb King, Kenny Frazier, Matthew Handley and Mitch Williams on defense, and Bob Sabdo, Chris Crowe, Garrett Crowe and Shane Williams on offense.

“That’s the best thing for me and why it is a blessing from the Lord to be able to coach football at Havelock High School – that the kids and assistants buy in and I don’t have to do any kind of micro-managing or worry about the guys being there,” Bryant said. “We all spend long hours at the field and are committed to doing whatever have to do to be at our best on Friday nights.”



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