Florie steps down as Northwood Academy baseball coach

Bryce Florie, who pitched for four Major League Baseball teams, was an assistant coach at Hanahan High before joining the staff at Northwood Academy. Wade Spees/Staff/File

Northwood Academy baseball coach Bryce Florie has resigned from his position after two seasons, citing what he feels was a lack of support for the baseball program from the school administration.

Florie guided the Chargers to the SCISA AAA state finals this past season, finishing with a 13-13 record overall. Florie was 24-20 in two seasons.

“It basically came down to a situation where the job was no longer the same job I signed up for two years ago,” said Florie, a Hanahan High product and former major league pitcher. “Things changed over the two years I was there and I just felt it was best for me to turn it over to someone else.”

Florie coached summer showcase baseball for several years, but Northwood was his first experience at running a high school program. He says he will continue to pursue a career in coaching.

“I learned a lot from a coaching standpoint. It was a good experience for me in terms of dealing with parents, kids and administration,” he said. “There were a lot of really positive things happening on the field and I think this experience will help me going forward as a coach.”

Former Northwood player and Florie assistant Derek Smith, who played collegiately at Charleston Southern, is considered to be a strong candidate to replace Florie.

“He’s young, he works his tail off and he’s a good coach,” Florie said of Smith.

Northwood will play the 2016 season at its current site in North Charleston before the school moves to its new campus near Summerville the following year.

The Rawlings Charleston Colts 18-U summer showcase team won the Black Bear Classic in Greenville and Spartanburg over the weekend. The event is hosted by the Prospect Selects of Florida.

The Colts went 6-1 in the event, winning three bracket games on Sunday, including a 4-3 win over Bradenton RBI in the finals at Wofford College. The tournament field consisted of 36 teams from several states.

The Colts’ roster consists primarily of local high school players and included nine players that have already signed college scholarships. Area schools represented on the roster include Hanahan, Bishop England, Berkeley, Stratford, Colleton County, Wando, West Ashley, Porter-Gaud, Pinewood Prep and James Island.