Gulledge Named AP Men's Basketball Coach Of Year

Kinston coach Wells Gulledge doesn't have any hair on the top of his head, but he's not complaining.

Gulledge made good on a promise to shave his head if the Vikings won the state title. He's promised to do it in 2007, but the team lost in the chamionship game. This year, the team won its first state title in more than 40 years, and Gulledge and his coaches surrendered to the clippers.

He's been named The Associated Press men's prep basketball coach
of the year for North Carolina.

Gulledge received nine of a possible 17 votes from sports writers across the state. East Mecklenburg's Jason Grube was second with four votes after leading his team to a 25-8 finish capped by the first state title in school history.

Receiving two votes apiece were Apex's David Neal, whose team
rebounded from a 4-11 start to reach the 4-A finals, and Hendersonville's Rob Strong, whose team went from 1-24 in 2006 to a
24-4 record.