After one week and one official practice on the job at Seminole High in Florida, former Lexington and Chapin coach Scott Earley has resigned and is in the process of moving his family back to South Carolina.
Earley accepted the job in late July. After discovering contractual issues — mainly involving insurance for his family — he and his family decided to step down and return to South Carolina. Both Earley and his wife, Meg, have 17 years of teaching experience in South Carolina schools.
“There were a lot of things we weren’t aware of until we went to a human resources meeting on Tuesday,” Earley said on Thursday as he was packing to make the move back to South Carolina. “We got some surprises that we felt like put our family at a disadvantage. My wife and I have 17 years apiece in South Carolina and the things we thought that would transfer over and be readily available upon our arrival were not. Some of the contractual things weren’t available and some of that is probably our fault for not asking.”
Earley never sold his house in Ballentine and he plans on returning there. Meg Earley was able to retain her teaching position at Dutch Fork Middle School. Earley’s two sons, aged 14 and 10, will attend school in Chapin.
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When he returns to South Carolina, Earley is expected to interview for an open position at Lakewood High. He’s also entertaining offers to get into the business community.
“I’m talking to Lakewood and some people in the business world but nothing is concrete yet,” Earley said. “I just know my wife and kids are safe in a great place, in great schools, and that what’s important to me.”
Seminole athletics director Mike Powers said he understood the decision Earley made. According to school county policy, Earley would not have been eligible for insurance until Dec. 1 when a new policy for the district will take effect.
“He loved our kids and he loved our program, but when you have a family, that has to be first,” Powers said when reached by phone. “With the situation we have here, he couldn’t get insurance for his family until Dec. 1. People were excited about Scott, and I still feel he was the best candidate for the job. We’re disappointed it didn’t work out.”
It’s been a a whirlwind year for Earley. He resigned from Lexington in March after leading the Wildcat program for three years and having a 24-13 record. His best season was in 2011, when Lexington went undefeated in the regular season before being upset in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs by Blythewood.
He accepted a coaching position as defensive coordinator at Blackville-Hilda this summer before interviewing and getting the job at Seminole High in July.
Earley spent one season at Chapin and eight years at Myrtle Beach prior to his stop at Lexington. He complied a 103-45 career record that included winning the 2008 Class 3A state championship in his final season at Myrtle Beach.