Beaufort High School, Whale Branch looking to fill coaching vacancies

sfastenau@beaufortgazette.comMay 24, 2013 

Beaufort High School athletics director Jerry Linn has an idea of what kind of coach he wants to next lead the Eagles' girls basketball team.

What he doesn't have are many teaching positions. He expects that to make his job a little more difficult as he tries to hire a replacement for Lillian Keeler Aldred, who resigned this month to spend more time with her growing family.

Linn said many of the candidates so far are physical education teachers, and that Beaufort High doesn't have any P.E. openings. He plans to check some of the feeder middle schools for possible fits and is also open to hiring a community coach.

"That's going to screen out a lot of applications," Linn said. "It hasn't been fun ... when you can't match teaching positions up with somebody."

Assistant girls coach Marilyn Wade, an aide at the school, is a candidate and is helping, with junior varsity coach Reggie Jones, to run things in the interim. Linn hopes to have a coach by the beginning of June, so that summer basketball and camps continue without a hitch.

Linn said the Eagles missed the deadline for their desired camp at the University of North Carolina.

"We're looking local or in the state -- Savannah or in the state of South Carolina," Linn said.

The basketball opening is one of a few in the Beaufort area.

Whale Branch Early College High School is looking for its third wrestling coach after Travis Wynn resigned to pursue student teaching. And Battery Creek High School is looking to fill its softball position. Coach Richard Jarrett was brought out of retirement to coach this past season on a sort of interim basis.

Whale Branch athletics director Carlos Cave said interviews with wrestling candidates will begin soon and that he will have candidates in place before the end of school. He wants a coach who can bring stability to the program.

"It will probably be somebody who wants to be in the Beaufort County area," Cave said. "And most of the applicants have expressed that desire as one of the reasons why they applied -- either have family down here or want to relocate down to this area."

The Warriors are coming off of their best season, having qualified the most wrestlers for the state tournament and crowned the program's first state champion, heavyweight Max Ford.

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