Casey Rogers resigns to be new Freedom principal

Freedom boys’ basketball coach Casey Rogers, right, resigned to be the new Freedom principal.

MORGANTON — Freedom boys’ basketball coach Casey Rogers resigned his post to become principal at Freedom High School, according to a newspaper report.

The Morganton News Herald reported May 31 that Rogers stepped down as coach. The paper said a replacement will be named at a later date.

Rogers led Freedom to the 2014 3-A state championship with a 59-57 win over Wilson Hunt in Chapel Hill. The Patriots went 31-1 that season with their only loss being to Northwestern Conference rival Watauga.

Rogers, who finished with an overall coaching record of 283-86 at Freedom, took the Patriots to a third regional berth in four seasons. Rogers was named the NWC coach of the year, his fifth league coaching honor, and led the Patriots to a 28-3 record in the 2018-19 season, 14-0 in the NWC.

He replaced his father Terry Rogers, who also led Freedom to a pair of state championships and is a member of the NCHSAA Hall of Fame.

Casey Rogers played collegiately at Western Carolina after playing for his father at Freedom. The two won a state championship in 1998.

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