White Knoll athletics director and football coach Gordon Walters is taking a step back.
Walters, who arrived at White Knoll in 2009 from Wilmington, N.C., is headed back to the beach. The father of four and avid surfer is taking an assistant coaching position, as defensive coordinator and strength coach, at Waccamaw.
This move will not come as a surprise to the people who know me, Walters said. Its been a very positive experience here at White Knoll, but my family and I are desperate to get back to the beach.
Walters, who joined the Timberwolves staff as coach and initially stepped into the athletics director position on an interim basis, said holding both positions had worn on him the past three years. When a sideline collision during the Timberwolves game against Lexington resulted in multiple leg fractures in October, Walters saw it as a sign that it was time to slow down.
The 24-year coaching veteran collected several feathers in his cap in his four seasons at White Knoll. Arriving after a 2-9 season, Walters led the Timberwolves to a 27-23 record and four playoff berths in four seasons. Last season, the Timberwolves reached the Class 4A Division I semifinals.
Walters, who owns a career record of 128-62, also was named Region 5-4A athletics director of the year the past two years.
Im so proud of the kids that gave their heart and soul to turn this program around, he said. I hope they realize that anything is possible. When I came in this was a school that didnt have a football culture. I dont think anyone expected us to win 10 ball games this year. Im not sure anyone expected us to become a respected Big 16 program. But anything is possible with hard work.
Walters will finish the school year at White Knoll before joining a Waccamaw coaching staff led by Tyrone Davis.
Walters departure means the Lexington 1 administration now has two major positions to fill. Earlier this month, Lexingtons athletics director and head football coach Scott Earley also resigned his position.
According to Lexington 1 chief communications officer Mary Beth Hill, interviews for the Lexington position will begin in April after the districts spring break. Administrators hope to have recommendations for both positions by the April 16 board meeting.