David Morbitzer has stepped down as Hanahan High School’s football coach after two seasons. Morbitzer informed team members and staff of his resignation Thursday afternoon.
“We respect his decision and have discussed the potential of having Coach Morbitzer remain on staff here at Hanahan High next year,” HHS Principal Thomas Gallus said. “The search for a new head coach will begin immediately. The future for the Hawks is very bright.”
Hanahan just finished 1-8 overall and 1-4 in the region, missing out on the playoffs for the first time in more than 20 years.
Brian Mitchell, who heads up the varsity baseball program and has assisted in varsity football over the years, has been given the interim tag while the search for a replacement is ongoing. Mitchell will oversee the offseason program.
Morbitzer’s first set of Hawks won the Region 7-AAA championship and advanced to the third round of the playoffs for the first time since 2012. The eight wins were one more than the two previous years combined.
But 2019 was a struggle out of the gate. The Hawks brought back a mere three starters and were often overmatched. The opposition outscored Hanahan 319-109. The lone victory celebration came against Academic Magnet in October.
Morbitzer was 9-12 as the head football coach.
Morbitzer, who worked for former HHS coach Charlie Patterson for nine seasons as an offensive line coach and coordinator, will stay on as a history teacher and possibly an assistant coach. He previously led the girls and boys track and field teams to state titles in 2011 and 2017.
The new coach will inherit a squad with some experienced players returning. Sophomore running back Josh Shaw rushed for 611 yards and topped the 100-yard mark twice and junior quarterback Jonathan Shelton combined for over 500 yards after taking over the final four games. Offensive linemen Andrew Stewart, Foster Nicodine, Matt Ancell and Lyndley Smith will be returning starters in the trenches.
On defense, a cornerstone returns in junior inside linebacker Alex Herriott, who made around 120 total tackles to finish among the Lowcountry’s top tacklers. A handful of other starters are back along with kicker/punter Blake Morros.