It appears Banks Faulkner is headed back to the Midlands.
Faulkner is expected to be named the baseball coach at Blythewood High, pending approval at Thursday’s Richland 2 School Board meeting. The meeting was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but was postponed.
Faulkner spent the past two seasons at Summerville High. On Wednesday, he released a statement that he resigned as Green Wave coach after leading them to Class 4A state championship this past season.
Summerville was 51-12 in Faulkner’s two seasons there.
“I would like to thank Kenny Farrell and Coach McKissick for giving me this incredible opportunity. Leading the Green Wave baseball program has been an honor and a privilege,” Faulkner said in the statement. “I would also like to thank Brion Rutherford for his support and guidance this year as my Athletic Director. Summerville will always be a special place to me.
“I would like to thank all my coaches and players for their dedication, hard work, and loyalty. Because of their sacrifices and efforts this program has become a premier program in the state of South Carolina, culminating in the 4A State Championship this season. The next coach will inherit a group of young men who know how to work and what it takes to succeed at the highest level.”
Faulkner replaces Barry Mizzell, who stepped down last month to become the school’s athletics director. Mizzell is the only coach in school history since it opened in 2005.
Blythewood will be Faulkner’s fourth job in the Midlands, but first as head coach. Faulkner spent two seasons as an assistant at Gilbert in 2006-07 before landing at Blythewood for three years. He left Blythewood to become head coach at Wando in 2011, but stayed just one season.
After Faulkner left Wando, he spent three years as Lexington pitching coach and was on the staff of the Wildcats’ team that defeated Blythewood for the 2013 Class 4A state title.
Faulkner played at Lexington and was a pitcher on the Wildcats’ 1999 state championship team.