Greene Central football Head Coach Allen Wooten will be the new coach of Havelock High School. As head coach of the Rams, he posted a 39-34 record and his team never missed the playoffs in his tenure. Now, he’ll be coaching another group of Rams in Craven County.

 

 

 

“It’s difficult to leave,” Wooten said about his time in Snow Hill. “Sometimes you have to make a tough decision that’s based on what’s best for my family. We felt that the best decision was to accept the job at Havelock. That doesn’t take away from the many memories I had in my six years at Greene Central. I’ve been a part of some great memories like the 10-2 season in 2015. I have nothing but respect for Greene Central high school and all of Greene County.”

 

 

 

Wooten inherits a Havelock team that went 13-1 and undefeated in conference play. The Rams made it all the way to the 3-A East Regional championship this past season. They were up 28-7 at halftime before coming up just short of a state championship appearance in a 41-34 loss to Jacksonville. However, the Havelock Rams have consistently made deep runs into the state playoffs in football.

 

 

 

“Going to Havelock a new challenge,” Wooten added. “It’s an opportunity to make a program better than it was before. They have one of the best high school football teams in North Carolina and they consistently make it to at least the regional championship every year. I want to continue the great tradition of excellence that this school and football program both have.”

 

 

 

Havelock was under the direction of now-former head coach Caleb King who took a head coach position at Easley High School in South Carolina. With Wooten coming into town, he’ll be hoping to continue Havelock’s tradition of having a high-scoring offense.

 

 

 

“Allen has done a great job at Greene Central,” said Greene Central athletic director David Bryant. “He always challenged our kids to get better and compete. He’s put a team in the playoffs each year he has been our coach. We wish him the best at Havelock.”

 

 

 

In his last season at Greene Central, Wooten led the Rams to a 6-6 overall record and 3-3 in the Eastern Carolina 2-A conference. Their season ended with a 63-28 loss to South Columbus in the first round of the 2-A state playoffs. Bryant will begin the process of finding a new head coach for the Greene Central football team immediately.

 

 

 

“We plan to take applications and do interviews in the next few weeks,” he added. “We will consider assistants from within the current staff and people from the outside. From there we will announce a new coach in the near future.”