Ben Lippen coach Derek White won’t be getting his old job back.
On Thursday, Ben Lippen announced that White will keep his options open and pursue other opportunities.
“Ben Lippen School is grateful for Derek’s time at BLS and the many accomplishments he has brought to our program. We wish him the very best in his future endeavors,” Ben Lippen headmaster Tony Fajardo said in a release.
Last week, White resigned to take the head coaching job at Savannah Christian But on Tuesday, he said he had a change of heart and didn’t accept the football coaching position at Savannah Christian.
White had hoped to get his job back at Ben Lippen but said Thursday it was his decision not to come back.
“I just wanted to keep my options open and pursue other coaching opportunities,” White said. “Savannah was not the right time or place for my family right now.”
White, a former Greer standout, is 34-14 in his four seasons and is the winningest coach in Ben Lippen history. The Falcons won the 2016 SCISA Class 3A championship, beating Porter-Gaud in overtime.
This past season, the Falcons lost in the SCISA 3A semifinals to Laurence Manning.
Ben Lippen athletics director Scott Jones said they will move as quickly as possible to find White’s replacement.
“Coach White has meant so much to our school. He has made a positive impact in our community. We wish him nothing but the very best as he explores other career options,” Jones said. “Our administration will review applications and make a decision as quickly as possible in hopes of naming a coach that is the best fit for Ben Lippen School.”
White’s departure leaves two of Columbia’s four SCISA 3A programs without a head coach. Heathwood Hall is looking for a replacement for Marcus Lattimore.