After spending the past six seasons at Ben Lippen — five as the head coach — Reggie Shaw was named the new head football coach at A.C. Flora High School on Monday.
Shaw was introduced to parents and players at the school before the decision was approved by the Richland School District 1 board on Monday night.
Shaw has made stops at Newberry College, Fairfield Central, Byrnes and a brief stint as head coach at Blythewood before moving to Ben Lippen.
Shaw resigned from Blythewood before coaching a game. He took over when Jeff Scott left, but the program was sited for rule infractions — holding illegal practices — during the spring and he resigned in August.
He is taking over a Falcons program that had its best two-year stint in school history and posted a 37-12 record under Dean Howell the past four seasons. Howell accepted the athletics director position and head coach at White Knoll earlier this month. .
Shaw was 30-27 at Ben Lippen, including a 9-3 mark in 2009.
“You look for three things when you make a move like this and one of them is strong leadership, and they have that in (principal) (Richard) McClure and coach (Charlie) Wentzky,” Shaw said.
“You look for a school of excellence and this school stands out in academic and athletic excellence. Then there is a winning culture here. That is the hardest thing to build in a program and it’s established here. There were a ton of folks interested in this job and there is a reason for that.”
The search committee consisted of Wentzky, the athletics director, McClure and assistant principal Matt McCormick. They narrowed the list to 11 candidates before deciding on Shaw.
“We decided at that point that coach Shaw would be the best fit here at A.C. Flora,” Wentzky said.
The staff will hold a three-day spring camp for ninth-graders only beginning Wednesday, before moving into spring practice with the varsity team on Monday.
A.C. Flora will open the season in Week 0 against former coach Howell and White Knoll.
“It was a tough decision because Ben Lippen holds a special place in my heart and always will,” Shaw said. “It’s a great environment and I will miss those people but the winning culture is already here. I was excited to hear what the kids have been doing in the weight room.”