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PREP FOOTBALL: Stewart named head coach at Poca

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Poca High School has named Teddy Stewart as its new football coach, replacing recently retired Bob Lemley.

Stewart, who was an assistant coach at Hurricane in 2013, was formerly an assistant at University High School in Morgantown and the head coach at Morgantown’s South Middle School. He is a graduate of Clay-Battelle High School.

“We went from a coach with a world of experience to a young one,” Poca athletic director Rex Nelson said Tuesday. “We were impressed by his organizational skills and we felt like he fit what we needed at the present time.”

Lemley retired following the 2013 season, his 23rd as the Dots’ coach. Poca won four Class AA state championships under Lemley. The program became the only one in state Class AA history to win three consecutive state titles when the Dots claimed titles in 2001, 2002 and 2003.

Nelson said that the school interviewed eight prospective coaches but decided Stewart was the best choice.

“There’s kind of a lot of expectations on this hire,” Nelson said. “A lot of people wanted us to go in a lot of different directions, but I think Teddy is the right choice.”

Poca finished last season with a 1-9 record. The Dots have not reached the Class AA playoffs since 2010, when they finished 6-5.


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