Kevin Wilson Mooresville

Kevin Wilson, showing off Mooresville High's gym in 2017, has stepped down as athletic director.

MOORESVILLE – Kevin Wilson is taking a leave of absence as athletic director at Mooresville High School. He is replaced by longtime Mooresville teacher and coach Charles “Hoppy” Hopkins in the interim role, effective July 1.

Wilson, who served the role since 2014 after coming from North Mecklenburg High, will remain on staff as a vice principal and plans to return as AD following the 2019-20 school year, according to MHS Principal Eric Schwarzenegger.

The transition comes after a school year full of triumph for the Blue Devils program. The wrestling team won its second consecutive individual 4A state championship. This spring, the softball and baseball teams – who use the same field for home games – had deep runs in the state playoffs, capped off by baseball’s first-ever state championship in Greensboro.

Also under Wilson, MHS’s athletic facilities underwent a major overhaul. The school’s new gym opened in late 2017, going from roughly 20 total rows of bleachers to 25 on each side. Its capacity is 2,200, more than double of the previous facility.

The baseball stadium opened in 2017 as well, featuring a turf infield, grass outfield and four bullpen pitching mounds. The field’s pitching mound is portable and can be stored, allowing the field to double as a softball venue, when additional fencing is put in place to make the smaller playing field.

Last year, Wilson hired Thad Wells from Blacksburg, Va., to coach the Blue Devil football team after the departure of Marty Paxton. Wells compiled a 9-4 mark in his first season in Mooresville, advancing to the second round of the state playoffs.

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