Elliott Fry isn’t going far for his first coaching gig.
South Carolina football’s all-time leading scorer will be the kicking coach and co-special teams coordinator at Richland Northeast High in Columbia, the school announced.
Fry made the connection with the Cavaliers after giving lessons to one of their kickers. He will work under new RNE coach Bennett Weigle.
“I do like teaching kids how to kick and punt and feel like I learned a lot about overall special teams in college,” he said.
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He’s still working toward his USC degree and is a double major in business marketing and business management. His long-term employment is likely in business or marketing, he said, unless he gets a call from a pro team first.
He tried out this spring with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Fry was a four-year starter with the Gamecocks, hit 76.5 percent of his field goals in 2016 and connected on a 55-yard game-winner in the season opener against Vanderbilt.
Dutch Fork player to transfer
Deuce Dean is moving out of the Midlands to finish his high school basketball career.
The rising junior point guard is transferring from Dutch Fork to York Prep in Rock Hill.
“I have been knowing about them for a while, and they have made me feel like home,” Dean said. “And I’m excited to play a national schedule against the best in the nation.”
At York Prep, Dean will play alongside D.J. Burns, one of the state’s top prospects for the Class of 2019. York Prep will have at least one stop in the Midlands next year for the third annual MLK Bash in January.
Dean has been getting Division I interest and has offers from Virginia Tech, Kansas State, The Citadel and Toledo. The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 8.8 points, 4.3 assists and 3.6 rebounds last season for the Silver Foxes.