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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The search for a new head football coach at Ashley High School is underway.

The Burke County School Board last night approved Tom Eanes to be the new football coach at Patton High School. Eanes was named Ashley’s football coach in January 2011 after seven seasons at Pender High School.

Eanes confirmed with WWAY on Monday evening that he was up for school board approval in Burke County, but he asked that we not release the information until he met with his players on Tuesday morning if he ended up getting approved. Eanes told the Ashley football players he’d be taking over the football program at Patton at an 8:45 meeting Tuesday morning.

Roy Turner is the director of athletics at Ashley High. “Tom feels like this is a great opportunity for him to get closer to his parents who live on Mooresville,” Turner noted in a release to local media. “The athletic department and administration would like to thank Coach Tom Eanes for his service to the students and athletes of Ashley High School. He has worked very hard and has made a positive difference at Ashley High School. We wish him and his family good health and success in the future. Our search for a new head football coach will start immediately.”

Ashley is also looking for a new basketball coach. Last month the school decided to fire David Rutledge after one season on the job

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