Dalton High School promotes Carpenter to head football coach

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Longtime assistant coach and former player Kit Carpenter will be the next head football coach at Dalton High School after the Dalton Board of Education approved the hiring at a specially-called meeting Tuesday at the school.

Carpenter, a 1998 Dalton graduate and four-year letterman at North Carolina State University, replaces Matt Land, who resigned in December after 11 years as head coach. Land, who is also a former Dalton player, also spent 17 years as an assistant coach. His teams won 80 games, three region championships and made eight playoff appearances.

"It's extremely humbling and an honor to be able to lead our great staff and to really follow all the great coaches that came before me," Carpenter said at Tuesday's introductory press conference at the school.