Chuck Reedy will return to coach the Goose Creek football team in 2014.
The veteran coach admitted he considered stepping down after the 2013 season. He even told principal Jimmy Husky last summer that 2013 would be his final season. He felt the same way as the season wound down, but had a change of heart.
"I started thinking more and more," said Reedy, whose team finished 12-1 after being stunned by South Pointe in the second round of the Division II-AAAA playoffs. "I have business interests outside of football. But I kept asking myself, 'What else would I do?' It was kind of scary."
Friday night football has become part of the Reedy family tradition. His wife, Debbie, is one of the team's biggest supporters and his daughters are regulars in the stands as well. But there was another reason.
"I didn't like the way the season ended," said Reedy, whose team had a 36-game winning streak on the field snapped with the loss to South Pointe. "That's not the way I want to go out."
Reedy, who turns 65 in May, will no longer serve as the school's athletic director at the end of the academic year. He's convinced his wife, who is a doctor at the Veteran's hospital in Columbia, to cut back on her hours as well.
Reedy says the Gators can be as good as or even better than this year's squad. The team must come up with a replacement for quarterback Dantez Bennamon, but both the offensive and defensive lines should be stacked with talent. The receiving corps, led by Deondre Daniels, will be deep and talented while running back Tyrik Johnson will be the featured back after averaging 15 yards per carry en route to a 1,000-yard season.
Reedy was named head coach at Goose Creek in 2002 and took over a team that was winless the year before. He built the program into one of the best in the state. The Gators have lost only three region games since 2006. They won the state title in 2011.
P-G to dedicate court
Porter-Gaud will dedicate the "Randy Clark Court" in the Wendell Center at halftime of Saturday's Porter-Gaud's boys' varsity basketball game vs. Hilton Head Prep.
The school's board of trustees voted unanimously to name the court in honor of Clark, who died Nov. 11.
Clark was Porter-Gaud's coach for 26 years, compiling a record of 435-210. He led the Cyclones to three consecutive state titles from 2003-05.
He also was a middle school teacher and principal. He also served for 5½ years as athletic director, supervising the school's move to the South Carolina Independent Schools Association.
The girls game begins at 1 p.m. with the boys' game slated for 2:30 p.m. There is no charge for admission.
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