Two nieces and a nephew on the way helped convince Kyle Kimrey his move was the correct one.
The Battery Creek wrestling coach resigned this week to work as an assistant coach and physical education teacher at Lugoff-Elgin. Kimrey's parents and two brothers live in the Midlands area. And he said his new responsibilities could free him to work on his golf game, which he hopes to one day pursue as a career.
"I just weighed the pros and cons," Kimrey said. "The biggest pro is my family is up in that area. I get to do what I love and also be close to family."
Kimrey's brother, Erik, the head football coach at Hammond, has two daughters with a son on the way. His father, Bill, is the former longtime athletics director at Dutch Fork.
Kyle Kimrey was The Beaufort Gazette/Island Packet All-Area Wrestling Coach of the Year after his only season with the Dolphins. Battery Creek heavyweight David Ratliff claimed an individual state title and Bear Childers finished runner-up.
At Lugoff-Elgin, Kimrey will serve as assistant wrestling coach, assistant golf coach and ninth-grade football coach. He plans to pursue an online masters degree in administration while practicing golf.
Kimrey said he might one day like to play professionally or work as a caddie or teaching professional.
"I've never worked at it in a way that requires you to be that good," he said. "I'm kind of interested to see where I can go with that, if I can train the right way"
Battery Creek athletics director John Drafts said the vacancy has been posted and that he has already contacted possible candidates. This past August, Kimrey replaced Chad Cox, who left to become an assistant principal at Whale Branch High School.
"We hate to lose Kyle," Drafts said in an email. "He is a young, outstanding wrestling coach and made a positive impact on our program in the short time he was here."
Longtime Dolphins wrestling coach Nate Day coached with Kimrey as an assistant this past season. Day said he wasn't interested in returning to the head coaching role while his son is still in high school but that he would assist with the search when needed.
"Kyle did a good job the year he was here, without a doubt," Day said. "Hopefully we'll get a knowledgeable guy here next year."