New Coach at West Charlotte HS Focuses On 3-Year Turnaround
CHARLOTTE, NC – Football players at West Charlotte High School not only dealt with the tragedy of losing their head coach, but they also worried about who would fill the big shoes he left behind.
“He is such a great man that we didn’t think he could be replaced,” said junior player Marlon Dunlap.
Dunlap says Andrew Jordan, 42, is the right man for the job.
Jordan coached under Collins during the 2014 season and the two men have similar resumes.
Both Collins and Jordan played football at West Charlotte in the late 80’s to early 90’s, both men played Division I NCAA football and both men played in the NFL.
Jordan was drafted in 1994 and played eight seasons for the Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Philadelphia Eagles.
A three-year turnaround for the West Charlotte football program.
That’s what 38-year-old Mo Collins wanted–and that’s what Jordan wants to see become a reality.
“Showing them a different side of West Charlotte football. So, the turnaround is not just a football turnaround. It’s a lifestyle change… staying out of trouble, going to class, doing your homework and making good grades,” said Jordan.
Before Collins died unexpectedly in October from a sudden illness, he set a goal to restore West Charlotte to its glory days.
From 1984 to 2010, the program had only four losing seasons.
“We’re used to winning, so we had to teach them what winning was about,” said Collins.
Under Collins, West Charlotte made it to the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
“We never want to change anything now that he’s gone. We never want to stop the stuff that he instilled in us,” said Dunlap.
“Mo set the standard for what the program should be like,” said Jordan.