NMB gets approval to name Hardin next football coach

nmbfoot-hardinThe Horry County School Board approved North Myrtle Beach High’s hiring of Freedom High’s (NC) Blair Hardin as its new head football coach on Monday.

Blair spent one season at Freedom in Morganton, NC, after a successful stint at Porter Ridge, where he went 50-18 in five seasons. He was one of three finalists for the job, which opened after Perry Woolbright stepped down last month following four seasons with the Chiefs.

Hardin became the top choice of the Chiefs after a speedy search for Woolbright’s replacement. He led Porter Ridge to back-to-back appearances in the Class 4A state championship game in 2011 and ’12 before crossing the state border to North Carolina.

Freedom went 11-2 last season and won its conference championship before falling in the second round of the playoffs. North Myrtle Beach’s season ended in the same round, capping a 9-3 campaign that tied the school record for most wins in a season.

Woolbright managed to turn the Chiefs’ program around during his four-year tenure at the school. Following an 0-20 start in his first two seasons, his NMB teams went 5-5 in 2012 and 9-3 in 2013.

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