Mark Clifford will be back on the sidelines after all next year.
On Friday, Beaufort Academy announced Clifford will be the team’s new football coach. He replaces Scott Richards, who stepped down in January after four seasons.
Clifford was the head coach at Beaufort the past 14 seasons but stepped down from the position in November. But he said at the time he wasn’t done coaching and was looking for the right opportunity.
“I am fired up about the opportunity to create a consistent winner with the BA football program,” Clifford said in a school release. “Dr. Durbin and I did it before, and there is a good chance we could do it again.”
Clifford went 107-52 during his time at Beaufort. Before Clifford arrived in 2004, the Eagles were 3-30 but he immediately to them into a winner. Beaufort made it to the Lower State championship in his first season.
Beaufort Academy, which plays 8-man football, made the playoffs the past two years and won the school’s first playoff game this year against Holly Hill before losing to Wardlaw Academy.
“Coach Clifford brings a wealth of football knowledge and experience to our football program. His passion, enthusiasm for the game and work ethic is contagious. Our student-athletes are fortunate to have him as their head coach,” BA athletic director Neal McCarty said. “In searching for a new leader for the football program, we were looking for someone who would help us reach higher levels of excellence in all aspects of being a student-athlete. I believe we found a leader with the experience, knowledge and personality to grow our program and help produce well-rounded student-athletes who are successful both on and off the field.”