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CONCORD – After months of anticipation, Cox Mill finally has its new boys basketball coach.

Ty Johnson, who’s been the coach at West Brunswick High School in Shallotte the past two seasons, is taking the reins at Cox Mill, according to athletics director Philip Davanzo III.

Johnson replaces Jody Barbee, who stepped down in early March after leading the Chargers to a pair of state championships during his tenure.

During his two years leading the West Brunswick boys, Johnson compiled a record of 26-25 and made a playoff appearance.

Last season, West Brunswick finished with a 14-13 overall record and tied for fourth in the eight-team Mideastern 3A/4A Conference with a 7-7 mark. The Trojans lost to Durham Hillside by nine points in the first round of the 3A state playoffs.

The previous year, Johnson’s first as head coach, West Brunswick went 12-12 and 5-9, and did not make a playoff appearance.

“I’m excited that Coach Johnson will be joining our staff,” Davanzo said. “His vision and background align completely with our vision for Cox Mill High School. Having an educator in the building is paramount for the students of Cox Mill, and we are getting a very good one. Additionally, I appreciate our community’s patience during the process.”

Before he was the coach at West Brunswick, Johnson was the head women’s coach at Caldwell Community College in Hudson, where he led the Cobras to the semifinals of the NJCAA Division 1 Region X Tournament.

Prior to that, Johnson was the head girls coach at West Brunswick for one season, leading the Trojans to the state playoffs.

A Wilkesboro native, Johnson was an all-conference player at both North Wilkes and North Iredell high schools before playing careers at Bluefield College and Warren Wilson College. He went on to become a first-team All-American at Warren Wilson and led the nation with 112 3-pointers on the Asheville school’s United States Collegiate Athletic Association national championship team.

This story will be updated.

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