Former E.E. Smith, 71st Football Coach Passes Away

       FAYETTEVILLE—Former high school football coach Haney Catchings, who coached at several schools in the Fayetteville area, died on Sunday at the age of 66, according to a report in The Fayetteville Observer.

      Catchings had been a head coach at both E.E. Smith and 71st in Fayetteville and most recently had been the head football coach at New Century Middle School. His stint at 71st as head coach was during 2001 and ’02, while he headed the E.E. Smith program in 2007 and '08.

      He arrived in Fayetteville in 1996 to serve as offensive coordinator at Fayetteville State University, working there three years before serving as an assistant at Scotland for a year. Other coaching stints included working as an assistant at Westover and Hoke County.