Soon-to-be Socastee Athletics Director Tim Renfrow and Principal Paul Browning said Tuesday they have yet to meet to discuss potential replacements for the Braves’ football coaching hire.
With Monday's news that Renfrow is stepping away from the sidelines and back into administration, Socastee will have no shortage of interest.
“A lot of people don’t think you can be successful at Socastee in football,” Renfrow said. “I think we can. I think we’ll get a lot of applicants.”
The Braves are coming off a 12-1 season in which Socastee won the Region VII-AAA crown and a pair of playoff games. It’s considering the best year in school history.
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And given the returning talent, there’s no reason to believe the Braves can’t have another great year this fall.
That said, Browning, Renfrow and the rest of the advisory committee will have their hands full finding the right coach. Browning said he’s not entering the search with any preconceived notions.
“I’m an ocean fisherman, and you never know what you’re going to catch when you throw your bait in the water,” Browning said. “With the year we’ve had athletically, and especially football-wise, I’d be surprised if we don’t have a really good applicant pool.”
Browning gave the following timeline for the Socastee search:
April 12 – Job posted on Horry County School Web site
April 22 (or 10 days after opening) – Posting closes; all applications must be in
April 29-May 3 – Preliminary interviews with top candidates via Socastee advisory committee
May 4-May 11 – Final candidate interviews with Browning
Mid-May – Offer made
June 1 – Hire announced, if not done so earlier.
As for who will go after the job at Horry County’s third-largest high school remains to be seen. However, there’s no doubt that there are some quality names available, some closer to the program than others. Again, none of these people have done anything officially as of yet, and there is a chance they may not even be interested in the Socastee opening by the time the position comes available.
Steve Hodge: The Socastee offensive coordinator has been a mainstay at the school. Also the Braves softball coach, Hodge may be able to slide into the role as seamless as anyone. The triple-option offense would remain intact, and offensive players would have little adjustment, as Hodge has been calling plays for the team for the past seven seasons.
Jody Jenerette: The current Aynor head coach hasn’t had a ton of success at the Class AA school, but he is coming off an eight-win season with the Blue Jackets, and that’s nothing to sneeze at. Like Socastee, Aynor has also used a variation of the option offense, utilizing multiple running backs and wings while preferring not to throw the ball. Jenerette is well-liked in the area, and he’s considered by boosters at various programs to be a potential replacement should an opening arise.
Jamie Snider: In two seasons at Loris, all Snider has done is win 17 games, advance to the second round of the Class AA, Division I playoffs twice and put the Lions in position to compete for a Region VIII-AA title both seasons. The former Coastal Carolina offensive coordinator has developed into an area favorite and is a high-school coach to watch. Whether it is Socastee or someone else, a bigger program is going to call on him eventually.
Scott Earley: The former Myrtle Beach coach resigned from Lexington earlier this month after citing a time to spend more time with his family. While football coaching alone isn’t an easy task, he won’t have the dual role as an athletics director should he be interested in the Socastee opening. In an interview with the Sports Talk Radio Network, the 42-year old said he may want to go somewhere to build a winner. With a state title already on his resume, and with ties to the North-South All-Star Football game, it may be enough to prevent a move to the Upstate, where he previously said he may want to relocate.