High School Sports

Change in duties led Whale Branch AD to quit

Robert Luckadoo likes the Beaufort area.

He fishes the local waters. He and his wife bought a house here. They plan to stay long term.

But Luckadoo did not take as warmly to his job at Whale Branch High School. The Warriors first athletics director resigned because of what he saw as a change in his job description. His final day was Friday.

Luckadoo said his job evolved from his athletic responsibilities to also encompass those of an assistant principal, including discipline, bus duty and teacher evaluations.

"I just didn't like the job description at all," he said. "It was not what I interviewed for, and I was not happy at all. It just wasn't a good fit for me."

Luckadoo said he will begin a new job Monday as an agent with Farm Bureau Insurance. Whale Branch principal Priscilla Drake and assistant principal Chad Cox will fill his former role until another hire is made, Cox said Friday.

The vacancy was posted last week on the Beaufort County school district website. A committee is being formed to select Luckadoo's replacement, Cox said. Cox otherwise referred questions to Drake. Messages left Friday and Saturday for her were not returned.

Among the candidates will be Battery Creek football coach Carlos Cave, who said Saturday he has applied. Cave said he had not spoken to Cox or Drake, only that he had applied through the district website. Cave said he told Battery Creek athletics director John Drafts and principal Ed Burnes of his intentions.

"With my credentials, it's a position that, if I'm lucky enough to get an interview, that would have to be something to seriously consider," Cave said. "Just because of the opportunity to get into administration."

Luckadoo said during the summer he took the Whale Branch job after he and his wife decided to move closer to the coast. Before Whale Branch, Luckadoo coached softball at Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C. He brought 17 years of experience coaching softball and women's basketball at the high school and collegiate levels, according to his resume. He taught science and coached at public high schools in North Carolina from 2004 to 2007 and taught for two years at the collegiate level.