A longtime head football coach with ties to the Beaufort area tossed his name in the pool of Battery Creek High School football candidates.
Bill Kimrey, who resigned as head football coach and athletics director at Dutch Fork High School in 2009, after 18 seasons at the school, said Wednesday he applied for Battery Creek's vacant football head coaching position. Kimrey's son, Kyle, coaches the Dolphins wrestling team and coached receivers on the football team.
The elder Kimrey coached this past season in Columbia as an assistant on son Erik's staff at Hammond School. The Skyhawks won a fifth consecutive SCISAA state football title.
"It would be something to go from working with Erik to be able to work with Kyle next year," Bill Kimrey said. "We have family down there. Now that Kyle's down there, we have more family down there. We go down there quite often. It's a great place, a beautiful place. I'm sure it would be a great place to live. We'll see what happens."
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Battery Creek's vacancy will be posted until the end of January. Candidates will be pared down and interviews conducted in February, Dolphins athletics director John Drafts said.
Drafts declined to comment on specific coaches, but said he hoped to narrow the field to six to eight candidates and find someone who could jumpstart the program. Battery Creek finished 0-10 in coach Carlos Cave's final season. Cave resigned in December.
"I guess you could say a quality we're looking for is someone who can come in and get the program going and get it turned around," Drafts said. "Obviously, there's a lot of candidates that we hope can do that."
Bill Kimrey said he also is pursuing opportunities throughout the state and in Florida and Georgia. He said Battery Creek appealed to him because of its similarity to the job he took at Lower Richland in the 1980s. The Diamond Hornets had endured more than a decade of losing seasons, but they reached the Class 4-A Division II state title game two of Bill Kimrey's final three seasons at the school.
At Dutch Fork, which opened with only freshmen and sophomore classes when Kimrey took the helm in 1992, the Silver Foxes reached the playoffs their first year and won 10 games by their third. He resigned in 2009 after consecutive 2-9 seasons.
Erik Kimrey lured his dad out of retirement and into a job coaching Skyhawks receivers. And now Bill Kimrey has the itch to lead a team again.
"I don't think I want to be athletic director any more, 18 years of that was enough," he said. "But I would definitely love to get back into coaching football and having my own team."