Wheatmore taps Halo, Kilcullen for new posts
Wheatmore has made two high-profile changes in its athletics program, the school announced recently.
Rick Halo is the new athletic director, replacing retired A.D. Eugene Everhart, while Pete Kilcullen is the new varsity girls basketball coach, taking over for Nicole Clausi.
“I’m very excited,” Halo said. “It’ll be a little different, having never been on the other side. But I’m excited about the opportunity. I love the school and the kids, the administration’s great. So, I’m looking forward to it.”
Halo has been a very familiar face at the school since it opened in 2009. He’s been the head coach of the powerhouse softball team, as well as an assistant coach for the football team. He also taught P.E. at the school last year.
“I didn’t have any idea what direction they were going to go,” said Halo, who has also taught and coached at Archdale-Trinity Middle and Trinity High, “but I felt like I had as good a chance as anyone. And it turned out that way. So, I’m excited about the opportunity.”
Halo still plans to coach softball in the spring and is still scheduled to help with the football team in the fall for as much or as little as his role as A.D. will allow. But that, he said, has yet to be completely decided, and he will see how it goes.
Kilcullen, meanwhile, will be a new face at the school. Coming from North Moore, where he taught last year, Kilcullen will lead the varsity girls basketball program.
His previous coaching experience includes being the J.V. girls coach at Lexington and Southwestern Randolph, varsity assistant at Southwestern Randolph and varsity head coach for three seasons at Randleman.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity,” Kilcullen said. “I want to thank Mr. Johnson (principal Eric Johnson) for the chance. Even though Wheatmore’s only been around four years, it’s had great success. And I just want to build on that.”
The Warriors are coming off a 10-win season last year and a 13-win year the previous year, and they have been reasonably competitive in the PAC-6 2A against the likes of state powerhouse T.W. Andrews.
So, Kilcullen, who will also be the distance learning advisor at the school, looks to continue steadily growing the expectations for the young program, focusing on team defense and motion offense, he said.
“I’m very excited to be the coach. Wheatmore has a great tradition, even though it’s just four years old,” he said. “And it helps to be in the same conference that I left. I’ve kept an eye on some of the teams, so that helps.
“But it’s just a big honor to be the head coach at Wheatmore.”