Brian Wright Named Football Coach at Timber Creek

Brian Wright Named Football Coach at Timber Creek
Brian Wright was happy to be teaching and coaching football at Cherry Hill West and had no intention of moving on until the Timber Creek football job became open.
 
“I wasn’t looking to leave,” Wright said. “It was the perfect time and situation.”
 
Wright was named last week as the new head football coach at Timber Creek, where he will also teach history and special education.
 
He replaces legendary Rob Hinson, who resigned to become a player personnel assistant for Rutgers football program.
 
Timber Creek is located in Gloucester Township. Wright, who attended Gloucester Catholic, grew up in Gloucester Township and still lives there.
 
“I am a Gloucester Township guy and to be able to come home and work and hopefully finish my career piqued my interest,” he said. Plus the prestige of Timber Creek and everything coach Hinson accomplished made it more appealing.”
 
Hinson did an outstanding job in making the Chargers a South Jersey power. He had a 114-43 record and guided the Chargers to three South Jersey Group 3 titles and one South Jersey Group 4 championship.
 
Hinson also didn’t leave the cupboard bare, with an especially strong rising junior class, led by Donovan Leary, among the top quarterbacks in the state. Last season he threw for 3,054 yards and 28 TDs. Junior receiver-defensive end Jihaad Campbell is among other potential Division I players.
 
It is a unique situation to step into,” Wright said. “Usually when you take over a program you are really rebuilding and that certainly isn’t what we are stepping into.”
 
Wright was a head coach at Cherry Hill West for eight seasons. Before that he was an assistant at Rowan for more than a decade. 
 
As West went 38-41, but the record doesn’t begin to tell the success he enjoyed. Prior to taking over in 2012, Cherry Hill West last had a winning season in 1997.
 
West, which first fielded a football team in 1957 when the school was known as Delaware Township, never earned a postseason berth until Wright guided the Lions into the 2013 playoffs.
 
Ironically that first playoff game came against Timber Creek.
 
West would also compete in the 2016 playoffs when the Lions were 8-2, the best team that Wright coached.
 
Right now, there is only time to look forward.
 
“We were able to do somethings at West that people some people didn’t think was possible,” Wright said. “When I get some time it will be pretty neat to look back.”
 
The last two seasons Wright led West to 6-4 records. He inherits a Timber Creek team that was 7-4 and advanced to the South Jersey Group 3 semifinals before falling, 16-9 against Rumson.
 
Wright understands he expectations will be high as he begins his time at Timber Creek, but he is up for the challenge of attempting to keep on of South Jersey’s top programs at an extremely high level.

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