Former Gaston County assistant to take over as West Meck head football coach.

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West Mecklenburg High School has hired Beady Waddell IV as its new head football coach, Hawks athletics director Jesse Wilkins told the Observer.

Waddell replaces Nick Mata, who left recently to become offensive coordinator at Indian Land High School. Mata coached one season at West Mecklenburg, going 6-5 in 2019.

West Mecklenburg has had four straight winning seasons, but has now hired its third coach in that span.

Waddell IV has spent the past four seasons at Gastonia’s Hunter Huss HIgh School, where he was strength coach, assistant defensive coordinator, special teams’ coordinator and linebacker coach.

Also the head wrestling coach at Huss, Waddell IV was part of a Huskies’ football staff that produced four straight winning seasons, including two with double-digits wins. Previously, Huss had six straight losing seasons.

Before Huss, Waddell coached at Fort Dorchester (S.C.) and was part of a 16-0 state champion in 2015. He and wife Topee have three kids: Beady V (13), Taylor (10) and Taryn (9).

Waddell’s hiring leaves two Mecklenburg County schools with open football jobs. Garinger and North Mecklenburg still have openings. Mallard Creek (Kennedy Tinsley) and Providence Day (Chad Grier) have filled head coach positions.



Old Coach

New Coach


Brian Andrews

Darius James


Tom Eanes

Jason Barnes

Cannon School

Brad Hoover


Central Academy

Drew Hackett


Central Cabarrus

Kenneth McClamrock

Zach Bevilacqua


Cort Radford

Chris Cogdill

East Burke

Mark Buffamoyer

Derrick Minor

East Gaston

Jason Lippard

JT Postell

East Rutherford

Clint Bland

Brint Russell

Forest Hills

Cory Smith

Jammie Deese


Luke Little

Justin Hawn


Jeff Caldwell


Hunter Huss

Jamar McKoy


JM Robinson

Rich Williams

Darius Robinson

Mallard Creek

Mike Palmieri

Kennedy Tinsley

North Gaston

Mike Patton

Justin Clark

North Mecklenburg

Eric Morman


North Rowan

Ben Hampton


Northwest Cabarrus

Brandon Gentry

Eric Morman


Tim Speakman


Providence Day

Adam Hastings

Chad Grier

Sun Valley

Tad Baucom

Drew Hackett

West Cabarrus

(new school)

Brandon Gentry

West Mecklenburg

Nick Mata

Beady Waddell

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