Sport Sawyer is the new Manteo High football coach

By on December 6, 2016

Sawyer led the Pam Pack to the 2014 state title game.

Freddie “Sport” Sawyer has been named the new football coach at Manteo High School, replacing Eddie Twyne who retired at the end of the 2016 season.

Sawyer is leaving Washington High School after 12 years as head coach, compiling the second-best career record at the school of 94-70.

His teams won three consecutive conference titles from 2013-15, the 2014 2AA East Region championship and made back-to-back regional final appearances.

According to the Washington Daily News, Sawyer said he felt the Pam Pack program needed a change, and that leaving was not only good for the team but also himself.

“It just so happened that with the timing, (Manteo) has a coach that’s retiring,” Sawyer said of the process over the last few weeks. “Coach Twyne is retiring. He’s been coaching and teaching for 30 years. The timing happens to work out good for both.”

The Belhaven-native was named conference coach of the year four times (2005, 2007, 2013, 2014), Washington Daily News coach of the year in 2014, and Beaufort County person of the year in 2015.

He also coached alongside former Manteo head coach Walt Davis in the 2010 NCCA East-West All-Star Game, and that had an impact on Sawyer’s decision to come to Roanoke Island.

“I remember him talking about Manteo and how he really liked the area, the players and the coaches,” Sawyer said. “That just stood out over the years. I’m an eastern North Carolina guy, so those things kind of stood out.”

“We are very excited about coach Sawyer becoming our next head football coach,” said Manteo athletic director Alfie Wheeler.

“I have been in conversation with him over the past month, and he is a dedicated and first class coach and educator who cares a great deal about his players,” Wheeler said.

Sawyer will wrap up his teaching duties at Washington High School this month, and start working at Manteo in January.

“Everyone in Washington had nothing but great things to say about him and his program,” according to Wheeler. “He is excited about the opportunity to join the MHS family and community.”

“Coach Twyne did a very good job with them. They won a lot of games,” Sawyer said. “Coach Twyne and coach Davis before him, they’ve got a tradition with football. I’m excited to go there and see if I can help build that tradition.”

“Manteo High School is getting much more than just a football coach in coach Sawyer,” Wheeler said.

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