Battery Creek High School has hired a new athletics director for the first time in 30 years.
Shelby Strother, AD for Hampton County School District I, will lead the Dolphins’ sports programs, according to a release from Battery Creek principal Edmond Burnes. Strother is also Wade Hampton’s boys basketball coach, an assistant football coach and an economics teacher.
He will begin his new role July 18.
“Big things are happening at Battery Creek,” Strother said Friday. “For me coming in new, the first 30 days is going to be a an observation. I want to talk to everyone involved. I want to find out what’s already working for Battery Creek.”
Strother graduated from Wade Hampton, where he played football and basketball. He earned a business education degree from S.C. State and a masters degree from U.S. Sports Academy.
At Wade Hampton, Strother has been the school’s teacher of the year and the state’s track and field coach of the year, according to a release from Battery Creek principal Edmond Burnes.
Strother has been at Wade Hampton all 19 years of his career but said there was little hesitation in doing something new.
“I’m the type of person, I’m not just going to sit still and be content with what I’m doing,” he said. “I’m always looking for other things to do. I’m not big on just jumping ship either.”
Strother replaces longtime Battery Creek AD John Drafts, who had been in his role since 1985. Drafts learned in March he would not be brought back for another year.
He unsuccessfully appealed the decision to Beaufort County schools superintendent Jeff Moss.
One of Strother’s immediate needs will be a football coach. Jim Shuman resigned in March after five years coaching Battery Creek.
“It’s an important hire, it being my first,” Strother said. “We understand we’re behind a little bit in the process. We also don’t want to make a mistake. We owe it to the kids to get the best possible football coach we can.”