Greene to coach Pioneers

Ethan Greene was named the new Watauga baseball coach.

BOONE — Ethan Greene was one of the leaders of the Watauga baseball team as a player, most notably as the team’s top pitcher during his season.

That was in 2012. In 2019, Greene is still a leader with the Watauga baseball program. The Watauga High and Pfeiffer University graduate was named the head baseball coach in a news release from Watauga High Athletic Director Dustin Kerley.

Greene replaces Seth Freeman, who stepped down at the end of the 2019 season after being the head coach for two seasons. Greene was the junior varsity head coach and helped the varsity as an assistant.

Greene also coached both the Watauga instructional teams over the summer. The older players are comprised of future varsity players in 2020, while the younger players are likely to play junior varsity next season.

Greene guided the Watauga JV team to a 9-8-1 overall record, 7-5-1 mark in the Northwestern Conference. Watauga’s varsity team finished the 2015 season with a 10-15 record and 9-5 in the NWC. The Pioneers reached the state 3-A playoffs, but lost 7-2 in Asheville to A.C. Reynolds.

Watauga girls’ golf

BOONE — Tasha Wilson was already serving as an assistant coach with the Watauga softball team. On July 8, Wilson will get a chance to run a program of her own.

Wilson was named the head girls’ golf coach by the Watauga County Board of Education July 8. Watauga Athletic Director Dustin Kerley made the announcement in an email. Wilson takes over for Jamie Wilson, Watauga’s longtime girls’ golf coach.

“What got me really interested in coaching was I wanted to be a positive role model on these kids,” Tasha Wilson said. “I want to help that program grow and obviously, high school had a big impact on my life. I got very involved in the athletics there and I really want to make an impact on the girls and make an impact on the school and athletic-wise with the golf team.”

Tasha Wilson, a 2013 Watauga High graduate, played for Jamie Wilson for three years. Tasha Wilson also played girls’ basketball and outfield for the Watauga softball team.

App State basketball

BOONE — Former Appalachian State forward Tyrell Johnson has inked a professional deal with the Plymouth Raiders of the British Basketball League.

Johnson will join the Raiders later this summer before the season tips in September.

The BBL features 12 teams from England and Scotland and is the highest basketball league in Great Britain.

In his App State career, Johnson appeared in 125 games, starting in 91. He averaged 6.9 points and 4.0 rebounds in his career and blocking a total of 121 shots. Johnson’s 121 blocks sits fifth all-time in program history, while his 125 games played sits in a tie for fifth-place all-time.

During his senior season in 2018-19, he averaged a career-high 9.0 points in 31 games (14 starts) and also pulled down a career-high tying 4.1 rebounds. Johnson also shot a career-high 48 percent from the field and finished with 28 blocks.

App State football

BOONE — Charlie Haribson has been named Appalachian State’s associate head coach, head football coach Eliah Drinkwitz announced July 8.

Harbison, a North Carolina native, joined the Mountaineers’ staff as the cornerbacks coach earlier this year. He spent the 2018 season as the assistant defensive backs coach for the Arizona Cardinals and helped Arizona rank fourth in the NFL in fewest passing yards allowed per game.

Harbison also has gone through a 26-year run as a college coach with deep ties to the SEC, ACC and Sun Belt.

“Coach Harbison has great wisdom and insight,” Drinkwitz said in a statement. “He understands that it is bigger than football and is a great role model to our players.”

App State lands QB recruit

ASHEVILLE — Appalachian State added a quarterback to its recruit list when Navy Shuler verbally committed to play at Appalachian State.

Shuler, who played at Christ School, made his announcement July 4, according to the Asheville Citizen Times. Shuler is the son of former Tennessee standout quarterback and Washington Redskins former top draft pick Heath Shuler, who is also a former congressman.

Navy Shuler, who stands 6-0 and weighs 195 pounds, threw for 4,112 yards and 44 touchdowns, while completing 70.2 percent of his passes in 2018, his junior season. Shuler led Christ School, located in Arden, to a 10-2 record in 2008 and a berth in the second round of the NCISAA Division I football playoffs before a loss to Charlotte Christian.

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