Coach Cannon

CHUCK CANNON, Wilkes Central’s defensive coordinator, goes through instructions during the Eagles’ first practice last week. Cannon was recently named an assistant coach for the 2020 NCCA East-West all-star football game.

Just a few weeks after the most recent North Carolina Coaches Association East-West all-stars teams concluded, coaches were named for the 2020 games.

And Wilkes County will be represented next summer as Chuck Cannon was selected as an assistant coach for the West team.

Cannon, who is currently on staff as an assistant football coach at Wilkes Central, will work alongside Thomasville’s Doug Robertson, who was selected as the West’s head coach. He is also entering his second year as the Eagles’ athletic director.

Prior to joining the Eagles for the second time, Cannon had coaching stops at Bessemer City and nearby Hibriten. He also served as athletic director at both schools as well.

Cannon was the head coach of the Panthers from 1999-to-2010 where he went 84-54 in those 11 seasons.

Cannon joined the Eagles prior to the 2015 season as a defensive line coach and then left to take the athletic director’s job at Bessemer City the following year.

He returned to Moravian Falls before the 2018-19 school year to become the school’s athletic director. He also served as the Eagles’ defensive coordinator last fall.

Cannon becomes the Eagles’ first representative to be a part of the East-West football game since former Wilkes Central Head Coach Jeremy Funderburk (who is currently an assistant coach at Starmount) served as an assistant coach in the 2014 game. Wilkes Central graduate Dylan Dula took part in the football game that year as a participant.

Johnson brothers named new basketball coaches at Bunker Hill, Cox Mill

Dylan Johnson, a 2009 North Wilkes graduate, was named the new head boys basketball coach at Bunker Hill High School on Tuesday.

Johnson, who served as head track and field coach, assistant football coach and assistant athletic director at Wilkes Central last year, takes over for the job after former boys head coach Lee Swanson stepped down after four seasons at the helm.

Swanson resigned to take the head girls basketball job following the retirement of Randy Joines.

Johnson’s decision to take the job in nearby Catawba County comes a few weeks after his brother, Ty Johnson, was named the new head boys basketball coach at Cox Mill in Concord.

Ty Johnson, who played basketball at both North Wilkes and North Iredell, inherits a very successful Chargers program — one that has played in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3A state championship in two of the last three seasons.

Cox Mill won state titles in 2016-17 and 2017-18 and was regional runner-up finish last winter. Current Duke University freshman Wendell Moore Jr. was a member on all three of those teams.

Johnson has had multiple coaching stops in his young career, which includes being the head girls basketball coach at West Brunswick High School and at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute in Hudson.

He’s coached the West Brunswick boys basketball team the last two years, leading the Trojans to a 26-25 record. Last winter, West Brunswick finished 14-13 overall  and was tied for fourth in the eight-team Mideastern 3A/4A Conference with a 7-7 mark. The Trojans lost to Durham Hillside in the first round of the 3A state playoffs.

Dylan Johnson returns the basketball sidelines after coaching the West Brunswick girls basketball team to a 16-11 record during the 2017-18 season.

Johnson has previously served as an assistant coach at Warren Wilson College for one year and an assistant basketball coach at another Catawba County school — Fred T. Foard — for two years. He was also an assistant football coach with the Tigers for one year.

While at West Brunswick, he also served as the head boys track and field coach and an assistant football coach.

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