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Wright: Leaving WCCA difficult choice

WOODVILLE — Wilkinson County Christian Academy head football and boys basketball coach David Wright will return to his Georgia roots after basketball season is over.

Wright was recently hired as defensive coordinator at Meadow Creek High School in Gwinnett County, Ga., where he’s from. Though he’s excited about returning home, Wright said he’s saddened to leave Woodville after two years at WCCA.

“So many families have opened up their homes to us,” Wright said. “It’s probably one of the hardest decisions we’ve ever had to make, but we will always have friends in Woodville. It’s been a roller coaster of emotions — I’m sad I won’t be coaching the sophomores and juniors next year.”

Wright took over as WCCA’s head football coach, boys basketball coach and athletic director prior to the 2012-13 school year. In 2012, he led the Rams to the MAIS Class A state title game. WCCA also earned a postseason berth this past season.

“The success we’ve had goes back to the kids and how hard they’ve worked in the offseason in the weight room,” Wright said.

Wright said he was glad to impact so many students at WCCA, not just athletes. He also said he was particularly proud of last year’s graduating class from the football team.

“Of the 10 seniors last year, eight are enrolled in college and the other two have full-time jobs as of last fall,” Wright said. “It shows how hard they worked on the field and in the classroom.”

What Wright will miss most about living and coaching in Woodville is the people with whom he’s grown close, he said.

“With the relationships we’ve built, it’s not an easy decision,” he said.