Mount Airy head baseball coach Jon Cawley has resigned, the school announced on Wednesday morning.
Cawley, the Granite Bears’ head coach since 2012, had five winning seasons in seven years as the team’s head coach, according to the school. His final team posted an 11-10 record and reached the second round of the 2A state playoffs before losing to eventual state champion Murphy. His 2013 team won the most games, at 14, and the 2014 team had the best overall record, at 13-9. Every team but the 2016 won made the state playoffs, with three of them reaching second round.
Cawley engineered one of the state’s best one-year turnarounds between 2016 and 2017, when a team made up largely of the same personnel improved from 3-19 to 12-10.
The school stated that it would seek a new coach as soon as possible.
Cawley is the fourth high-ranking athletic official to leave MAHS during or immediately following the school year, along with head football coach Kelly Holder, head basketball coach Levi Goins, and asssistant football coach and co-athletic director Jonathan Wilmoth.
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The Surry County Schools also underwent some athletic reshuffling last week, with Tom Hemmings stepping down as county athletic director, to be succeeded by a familiar face in Chuck Graham.
Graham retired as Associate Superintendent for Human Resources of the SCS a year ago, but was named as Hemmings’ replacement in a press release issued last Friday.
Graham, a 30-year veteran of education, began his career with three years in the Forsyth County Schools before coming home to Surry County. He served as a health and physical education teacher in Surry County from 1990-95 before moving into administration. In 1995, he became the assistant principal at Central Middle School. He then became principal at Flat Rock Elementary for three years. In 2000, he returned to his alma mater, Surry Central, as principal, serving there four years.
Starting in 2004, Graham served in the central office as Assistant Superintendent, and later Associate Superintendent for Human Resources. He announced his retirement a year ago, but is now returning to the school system to oversee its athletic programs.
Jeff Linville, News Editor of the Mount Airy News, contributed to this report.