Goose Creek close to naming coach

Goose Creek High School is expected to name a new head football coach before the end of the month. Paul Zoeller/Staff/File

A month-long search for a new head football coach at Goose Creek High School may be coming to an end in the next few days.

A list of five finalists has been determined and interviews will be concluding in the coming days, according to several sources. Goose Creek principal Jimmy Huskey said last month that he had hoped to have a coach in place by the end of February.

The finalists include current defensive coordinator Chris Candor, long considered the favorite by many to win the job. Candor is a 1987 graduate of Goose Creek. Several other current Goose Creek assistants applied for the position as well.

Current Hanahan head coach Charlie Patterson, once an assistant at Goose Creek, is also among the finalists.

The other three finalists are believed to be current head coaches in North Carolina, including former Spring Valley head coach Miles Aldridge, who just completed his first season at Hough High School with a 10-2 record.

Aldridge, a veteran of more than 30 years, coached at 12 colleges and in the NFL, serving stints at both Clemson and South Carolina. He served on the Clemson staff with former Goose Creek head coach Chuck Reedy and current Goose Creek assistant Buddy King. Aldridge has been a head coach at three high schools (Mullins, Spring Valley, Hough) since leaving the college ranks

Hal Capps is currently head coach at Mooresville High School, which finished with a 10-2 record in 2014. Capps, like Reedy, has a run-oriented offensive philosophy. Mooresville rushed for nearly 3,500 yards last season.

Current Jack Britt High School head coach Brian Rimpf is the fifth finalist. Rimpf, who played three years for the Baltimore Ravens as an offensive lineman, is 28-13 in three seasons as head coach at Britt.

Reedy stepped down as Goose Creek’s coach last month to focus on business opportunities. Reedy is the school’s winningest coach, posting a 119-47 record in 13 seasons at the school. He guided the program to its only state championship in 2011 and posted 11 consecutive winning seasons, including six straight seasons of at least 10 wins.

With the state duals championships decided last weekend, the focus of the prep wrestling scene turns to the individual state tournament, which takes place next weekend in Anderson.

Wrestlers are attempting to qualify for the state finals on Saturday at various lower state and upper state meets. Among the local hopefuls are Fort Dorchester’s AJ Alford and Cane Bay’s Matt Rudy. Alford is undefeated at 160 pounds this season, while Rudy has not been defeated at 195 pounds. Rudy is a defending AAAA state champion, as are James Sass and Anthony Collins of Summerville.

The SCISA state championships were held last week in Columbia, and Class A Ridge Christian Academy of Summerville finished third in the overall team standings. Perennial powers Cardinal-Newman and Hammond, both AAA schools, were the top two finishers.

Individually for Ridge Christian, Terrell Peterson finished as the state runner-up in the 182-pound weight class. Taking third place were teammates Josh Driggers (113), Nate Shumpert (126), Brycen Gibson (132), Daniel Fuchs (138) and Jonathan Driggers (285).

Pinewood Prep senior Grayson Charpia won the state championship in the 220-pound weight class.

Wando’s 6-10 center Matthew Pegram and 6-5 guard Jaywaun Washington of Cross have been named to the South Carolina team for the North Carolina-South Carolina All-Star basketball game set for March 28 at Socastee High School.

Summmerville’s Greg Elliott will coach the boys team.

The rest of the S.C. boys team: Karl Gamble, 6-9, C, A.C. Flora; Deion Holmes, 6-3, G, Chesnee; Tevin Mack, 6-7, G, Dreher;

Tyler Hooker, 6-0, G, Hillcrest; Malik Barber, 6-5, F, Spring Valley; Andrew Brown, 6-4, G-F, Travelers Rest; Jalen Williams, 6-8, C, Wade Hampton; Emarius Logan, 6-2, G, White Knoll.

The S.C. girls team: Taylor Petty, 5-9, G, Dorman; Tianna Swearinger, 5-5, G, Greenwood; Ke’Asia Jackson, 5-8, G, Irmo; Dashanique Peterson, 6-3, C, Kingstree; Shaunice Fulmore, 5-8, G-F, Lake City; Jaleah Lasane, 5-9, G, Mullins; Dejoria Howard, 6-1, G, Orangeburg-Wilkinson; Jaquanna Murray, 6-3, F, Orangeburg-Wilkinson; Nijah Davis, 5-11, F-C, Sumter; Destinee Walker, 6-1, F-C, West Florence; Head Coach: Precious Caldwell, Richland Northeast.

Area basketball coaches are asked to nominate players for the 2014-15 All-Lowcountry team, which will be released in March. Coaches should send supporting statistical information for all nominees. The Post and Courier will name a first and second team in boys and girls basketball, as well as an honorable mention list. Please email nominations to shelto66@hotmail.com. Deadline for nominations is March 1.