MOORESVILLE – Kevin Wilson’s job focus isn’t just about athletics. Academics and seeing students develop overall are equally vital.

That’s a major reason Wilson accepted the position as Mooresville High’s athletic director on June 30. He’ll also be an assistant principal, meaning he’ll work with students across a wide spectrum.

Wilson previously was North Mecklenburg High’s athletic director and dean of students. He spent 16 years there. Wilson has been the athletic director since 2009 and the school’s dean of students since 2012.

“I really enjoy that piece (administrative) of the job and didn’t want to give it up,” Wilson said. “I’m thrilled, excited and really can’t wait to get up there. I know there were a ton of great applicants, so I’m honored.”

Wilson succeeds Barclay Marsh, who retired as Mooresville’s AD last month after 29 years at the school.

The move won’t be a complete shock for Wilson. North Mecklenburg and Mooresville are both Class 4A schools (the state’s largest classification). He spent several years competing against Mooresville when the schools were in the same conference, so he’s familiar with some Blue Devils coaches and administrators.

“One of the dynamics is that in Mooresville, the town often revolves around the school,” he said. “That’s the cool thing about Mooresville, and a challenge, too. That’s the way North Meck was when I started there. It will be a cultural shift for me, but I can adapt.”

Mooresville Principal Michael Royal said Wilson’s experience and caring were attractive traits.

“He understands the logistics of overseeing an athletic department, and he has a passion for working with students,” Royal said. “I'm really excited to work with Kevin. He comes to us with a variety of experiences, and I know he will greatly contribute to Mooresville High School.”

Said Wilson: “It’s not about me. It’s about the student-athletes. I’m thrilled that I’m being allowed a position where I can make the connection between athletics and academics.”