CoW: Kevin Motsinger

Coach Kevin Motsinger is in his third season as head football at New Hanover High School in Wilmington, North Carolina. At one point, New Hanover had experienced the longest losing streak in the state. Since Motsinger arrived in 2006, he has worked to change the mentality, expectations, work ethic and character of his players.

"Every student-athlete that passes through the door feels Coach Motsinger's impact in our weight room. He is well respected by all students and is a tremendous motivator no matter what sport they play," said Wildcats athletic director Keith Moore.

The transformation Motsinger made in his player's lives has not only affected them personally, but it has allowed the surrounding community to see the success and potential that is actually within each player and the New Hanover football program.

"How are you going out?" This one important question is the foundation for what Motsinger and his peers have been teaching their players. Motsinger stresses how vital it is for students to leave New Hanover better than they found it. Motsinger poses this question to each and every player in hopes that they will leave an impression others will know and respect. "Coach Motsinger is genuinely concerned about each athlete and helping them to improve as a student-athlete as well as in life…dedication, determination and sacrifice come to mind when I talk about Coach Motsinger," said Moore.

With all the hard work and support Motsinger has put into New Hanover and its players to build a better learning community, he also needs the same support. His wife, Dr. Perry Motsinger, has provided the patience and encouragement that is required of a coach's spouse. "She supports me, she is my rock and foundation that holds me together to do what I do," said Motsinger. Motsinger and his wife do not have children, but consider the Wildcat players to be part of their family as they help them grow into adulthood. "I am blessed everyday to not only be a coach, but parent, counselor and molder of young men and women. That is my purpose and that is what I try to do every day," said Motsinger.

In recognition of Finn and Motsinger's achievements, their high school athletic department will receive a $1,000 donation from the Carolina Panthers and the National Football League.

The Carolina Panthers High School Coach of the Week program recognizes high school coaches who, through their hard work and dedication to young people, have made a difference in the lives of their players, school and community and provides high schools with financial assistance to help maintain and upgrade their football programs.

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