Tyler Brown knew soon after leaving South Carolina that the state would draw him back.
Brown coached football and wrestling for a year at Edisto High School under Andy Palmer and liked the people and climate. After returning to his native Ohio, Brown began looking for opportunities to return to the Palmetto State.
He found the ideal situation at Battery Creek, where he's been hired to teach physical education and coach the Dolphins wrestling team. The head coaching job is Brown's first.
He replaces Kyle Kimrey, who left after one season to coach at Lugoff-Elgin.
"I was always interested in kind of getting away," Brown said. "I knew once another job opportunity came open, I would love to get down there."
Brown, 26, interviewed this month and met with Dolphins assistant coach and former head coach Nate Day, but said he has not spoken with any of his future wrestlers. Brown still lives in Ohio with plans to move close to the beginning of August.
He said he knows of one returning champion, David Ratliff, and of the Dolphins' past success as a program.
"I'm going to expect a lot out of these boys," Brown said. "I'm not familiar with the competition or familiar with a lot of them yet, but they are going to be very accountable."
Brown wrestled 10 years in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference, a high school sports league. He earned his degree in physical education from Ohio University in 2007.
The job in Edisto was his first after graduation, and after the school year he returned to Ohio to coach at Barnesville High School, where he stayed through this past school year.
Brown said he was glad for the new opportunity, glad the job fit his education and allowed him his first head coaching chance and that having an experienced staff should be a bonus.
"That's only going to help me and help the team have higher expectations," he said.