Topsail High School kicks off the school year with a new athletic director and three new coaches.
Christopher McGee is taking over as athletic director at Topsail High School. McGee has spent more than a decade working in athletics and education, and he plans to use that experience to help the student-athletes, coaches and community at Topsail High School reach new heights.
“Having been on campus for a bit now, I’ve gotten to know some of the student-athletes, coaches and staff here at Topsail,” he says. “I was excited before, but now I’m eager to get fall sports started. I’m looking forward to helping all our Pirate programs be the best they can be and keeping that sense of pride going in our community.”
McGee comes to Pender County after most recently serving as a head football coach, assistant athletic director and physical education teacher at Overhills High School. He has previous coaching and teaching stops at Pasquotank County High, Grandy Primary School and Camden County High School.
An undergrad of Elizabeth City State, McGee earned his master’s degree from Western Kentucky in 2016.
“Coach McGee brings a wealth of experience to our school and athletic department,” says Topsail High Principal Dr. Larry Obeda. “Already, he’s been working diligently with our coaches as they start fall practices in preparation for the season. We’re certainly glad to have him on staff leading our athletic department.”
In addition to McGee, Topsail High has also filled several varsity head coaching vacancies for the coming school year. Former UNCW baseball standout Terence Connelly will be the new head baseball coach. Connelly was recently working as an assistant coach at UNC Greensboro.
Ingar Sidbury has been promoted to head coach of the Topsail girls basketball program. He has served as a varsity assistant and junior varsity head coach for the past several years.
Finally, Topsail High graduate Tyler Zinser has been hired at the new head boys basketball coach.
The 2011 alum attended N.C. State following high school and has been working as the junior varsity boys coach at Fuquay-Varina High School the past several years.