Garner Magnet High School has selected longtime assistant coach Thurman Leach to replace Nelson Smith as the Trojans head football coach.
Leach, an assistant at Garner since 1990 is a graduate of Fuquay-Varina High School, and was the Wake County Player of the Year in 1984. He also was a four-year starter at Gardner-Webb University and coached for one season at Fuquay-Varina prior to arriving at Garner.
Garner, one of the premier coaching jobs and football schools in the state has compiled a 40-5 record over the past three seasons, including a 4AA state runner-up performance in 2011.
Nelson Smith announced his retirement from coaching last year and amassed a 146-41 record leading the Trojans. Smith has remained on staff at Garner as the athletic director.
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