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Walker named as new North Stanly athletic director

North Stanly High School’s new athletic director brings experience to the position.

George Walker, the varsity men’s basketball head coach at North Stanly, was asked in May by the school’s principal, Julienne Fallen, about being athletic director.

“I’m excited about it,” Walker said.

Walker served as the athletic director for Concord Middle School from 2006 to 2008. He then moved up to the be the Concord High School AD from 2009 to 2013.

He takes over for Bryan Mills, who was doing double duty at North Stanly as dean of students along with AD duties. Mills will continue to be dean of students for North Stanly.

“Both are full-time jobs,” Walker said.

The new athletic director said his goals are to get Comet alumni involved in the school’s sports programs.

Getting packed-out student sections at games is important for North, Walker said. Showing school spirit, like wearing Comet gear around school, is also a focus.

Walker said North needs to “really get that sense of pride back” as schools and teams go back to more normal schedules.

He added he would love to see students and alumni tailgating before home football games.

“With the pandemic, things have changed so much. Kids have changed a little bit,” Walker said.

He added he hopes to see more support for teams and students having a good time at games.

Walker said he was excited for the new position and North’s new conference, which includes opponents like Mount Pleasant and J. M. Robinson.

“I’m excited about the possibilities for North Stanly. I think we can do great things there.”

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio was the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press from 1999-2001 and has currently served in the same capacity since 2008. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also been honored twice by the North Carolina Press Association.

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