Bradley Adams is once again forced to dispel the myths associated with the rumor mill.
The Georgetown football coach interviewed for the open athletics director and football coach position at Lexington High School on April 9, but he said he has not been contacted again after that initial meeting. This weekend, after rumors started to swirl about his status at Georgetown, he wanted to make sure the community knew he was committed to the Bulldogs.
Adams is 18-14 in three seasons at Georgetown, and he has coached the team to consecutive playoff appearances. The success has led other programs around the state to take notice of the coach at the cash-strapped athletics program.
“What we’ve done here, to some people, may seem like a big deal,” Adams said. “But for us, we want more. We want to see more – we want to succeed and see some other things happen. I don’t think people know the potential that could really be here. It’s a matter of sticking with the kids.”
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Adams, who last year was a finalist at Hilton Head before withdrawing his name and then interviewed at Class AAAA school South Florence, now appears headed for his fourth season at Georgetown.
Officials at Lexington are expected to make an announcement in the next several days, according to original estimates from the Lexington 1 School District. Typically in this stage of the hiring, any coaches who moved on in the selection process would be kept abreast of the situation.
Lexington 1 School District officials did not immediately return phone messages Monday.
Interest in that job was extremely high for multiple reasons. Lexington 1 coaching gigs are not only some of highest-profile jobs in the state, they’re also some of the highest paid. Former Lexington coach Scott Earley was one of three coaches in that district last fall making at least $95,000 annually, a figure that amounted to the state’s top-10 highest-paid coaches. Earley, who led Myrtle Beach to the 2008 state title before leaving for the Midlands, left the Lexington job in March, citing a need to spend more time with his family.
Upon his announcement, interest in the position soared.
Adams said he applied to see what was out there. And while he did not formally withdraw – like he did with the Hilton Head opening – he did say he wasn’t sure what his decision would have been because he never got to that point.
Already, he’s moved 100 percent of his concentration back to his current position.
“We’re very highly motivated. We feel like we’re a lot further along than we’ve ever been,” he said. “We’re maybe not as athletic as we’ve been, but we’re much further along. We feel like we do have unfinished business, and we want to win a playoff game. When something like that [losing in the first round of the playoffs] happens, it’s not like you stop working hard. Honestly, it makes me work harder. We’re just as hungry as we always have been.”
The Lexington 1 School District had already hired one former Grand Strand coach in recent months. Former Coastal Carolina coach and Socastee Athletics Director Dave Bennett started full-time duties with the newly created River Bluff High School last week. He formally accepted the dual position of athletics director and head football coach in January and was splitting his time between Socastee and River Bluff.
His last official day at Socastee was last Thursday. River Bluff will field a junior varsity team this fall before joining the varsity ranks in 2014.
Bennett’s departure started a small path of dominoes at Socastee, one that led now-former football coach Tim Renfrow to the athletics director position. The school is in the initial stages of replacing Renfrow. The deadline to officially apply for that opening is Tuesday, barring any unexpected delays.
The Socastee girls lacrosse team is sending a second senior to the college ranks.
Sarah Gulledge will ink with Coker College at a ceremony at the school at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Gulledge, who is actually a senior at St. James, is one a handful of area lacrosse players from outside schools who plays for Socastee, the lone program on the Grand Strand sanctioned by the South Carolina High School League. The Braves just completed their second full year of play.
Gulledge joins Kirsten English, who signed with Lee’s McRae earlier this spring.
Conway baseball broadcast
Conway’s first-round baseball game at Summerville on Thursday night will be broadcast online for fans unable to make the trip.
The audio can be heard on a pair of Websites – htcconnect.com and conwaytigertouchdownclub.com. Pregame will begin at 6 p.m., and first pitch is expected for 6:30 p.m. Ashley Smith, who recently completed his first year calling Tiger football games, will be on the call.
Conway, which was ranked No. 6 in the most recent South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association statewide poll, finished third in Region VI-AAAA behind West Florence and Sumter.
Summerville, which was not ranked in the latest state polls, won the Region VIII-AAAA title, thus earning at least two homes games in the four-team, double-elimination District VIII tournament.
State soccer polls
Myrtle Beach boys soccer rolled through a trio of games last week not only unscathed, but looking as strong as it has all season. Because of it, the Seahawks held on to their No. 1 state ranking in Class AAA in the South Carolina coaches poll for the fifth straight week.
Coach Jason Himmelsbach’s team is 14-2 on the season after beating Region VII-AAA foes Georgetown, St. James and Wilson by a combined score of 15-1 in those games last week. Up next for the Seahawks is Tuesday’s highly anticipated rematch with Socastee – ranked No. 5 in Class AAA at 13-2.
Myrtle Beach won the first meeting between the schools 2-1 in penalty kicks on March 19. In that game, goalie Anthony Silvestri blocked one of the Braves’ penalty kicks and Arly Barr connected on the game-winner.
Following that game, Myrtle Beach moved up to the No. 1 spot in the state rankings, a position the Seahawks have yet to concede.
The St. James boys, who have also spent a portion of this season in the top 10, are No. 14.
The Myrtle Beach girls also remained ranked this week. The Seahawks came in at No. 11. The Waccamaw boys and girls teams were also ranked again this week.
The Warriors’ boys (9-4-2) and girls (10-5) were both No. 4 in the Class AA rankings.