Wright tabbed as first Wampus Cats head coach

The Uwharrie Wampus Cats have hired Catawba Valley Community College assistant coach Houston Wright to be their first head coach.

Wright currently serves the Red Hawks during the school year working primarily with infielders and hitters. Wright joined the Hickory, NC school, a nationally-ranked JUCO powerhouse, last fall following a distinguished collegiate playing career. His time in Albemarle will be the current college coach's first time as a college head coach. 

"This opportunity for me to be a head coach is something that at one time I would never have dreamed of," Wright said. "As a player I enjoyed my time playing during the summer and I'm excited to be the head coach in Albemarle. It's like my hometown of Gaffney, SC in that I know the fans will be passionate and I can't wait to show the community all the baseball talent we have coming this summer. And I can't wait to see the fans at Don Montgomery Park."

Wright played on top regional summer collegiate teams while a player in college, including with the Lexington (SC) Blowfish and Forest City Owls of the Coastal Plain League, as well as the Edenton Steamers near the North Carolina Coast.

In college, Wright was an outfielder for Division 1 University of Tennessee-Martin and before that was an All-American player at Spartanburg Methodist College in his native South Carolina.