Nate Livesay never left coaching, even when he wasn't on the court.
The 37-year-old left Sumter High School in 2011 after a successful run as head coach to join World Orphans as its advocacy director. He committed two years to the non-profit organization, visiting Haiti six times and Ethiopia twice, communicating with individuals and churches about World Orphans' mission.
"That was mostly young people, so it was still coaching and advocating for your program and those kind of things," Livesay said. "Obviously a lot of the same skillset I used in coaching and promoting my program, I was using with World Orphans."
Livesay also kept coaching basketball, working with the Upward Stars AAU program and this past season as an assistant at Dreher High School. He was introduced as Beaufort High School's boys basketball coach this week, marking his return as a head coach in a position he feels is the best fit of the opportunities he sought as his time with World Orphans closed.
Livesay replaces longtime coach Bruce Beasley, who was told in March his contract would not be renewed. Beasley was only the school's second boys basketball coach since integration, replacing his coach, Arnold Mitchell.
The new coach appeared to have done his homework.
"Any time you take over a place that's only had three coaches in 40-something years, you know that things are going well," said Livesay, who will teach English. "It's got to be a pretty stable situation. My hope is just to build on what's already here."
Livesay was the head coach at Sumter for eight years. He compiled a 155-55 record, won four region titles and reached the Class 4-A Lower State final twice and Lower State semifinal four times, according to his resume.
During his season at Dreher, the Blue Devils finished 19-1, won the Region 4-AAAA title and reached the Class 4-A quarterfinals.
Livesay has also served as an assistant at A.C. Flora High School, Presbyterian College, and King University in Bristol, Tenn., his alma mater.
Beaufort High athletics director Jerry Linn said Livesay provided solid responses to questions about dealing with players and parents and fundraising. He said strong references -- both listed with Livesay's application and unsolicited -- helped Livesay secure the job.
Former Sumter principal Rut Dingle told Linn that Livesay was one of the best coaches he had worked with.
"He handled himself very well in the interview," Linn said. "His knowledge of basketball was very good."
Linn is also working to fill vacancies for girls golf and girls lacrosse, which will be added for the 2014-15 school year.
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