Calling it his “dream job,” Chris Candor was named the head football coach at Goose Creek High School on Friday afternoon.
Candor, a 1987 graduate of the school, replaces Chuck Reedy, who resigned in January after 13 seasons as head coach.
Candor is no stranger to the Goose Creek program, having served as Reedy’s defensive coordinator since 2006. Goose Creek won 98 games in Candor’s nine seasons as the defensive coordinator.
“It’s an awesome feeling,” said Candor. “I have finally reached my dream of being the head football coach at Goose Creek High School. My hopes were one day that I would be able to lead the Gators out on the field. It’s a special place to me and I am so excited to be in this position.”
The job opening drew significant interest from inside and outside the state’s borders. Among the finalists were Miles Aldridge, Brian Rimpf and Hal Capps — all current head coaches in North Carolina.
Hanahan head coach Charlie Patterson and former James Island head coach John Patterson also were finalists for the position. Both were former assistants at Goose Creek.
“The 15 coaches that we interviewed were all quality people, guys that would be qualified to run any program,” said Goose Creek principal Jimmy Huskey. “In the end, we started to focus in on who would best be able to continue the successful run that we’ve been on and who has done the work in order to step up to this level.
“When I was hired as principal, I had never been a principal but someone gave me this opportunity and took a chance on me. It came down to who did I believe in and what more could I ask him to do to give him this shot. I have complete and total confidence in Chris. He is ready for this opportunity.”
Candor takes over one of the state’s most successful programs in recent years. Under Reedy, the Gators were 62-5 over the last five seasons, winning the Division II-AAAA state title in 2011. Reedy was 119-47 in 13 seasons.
Candor began his coaching career at Stratford in 1997 and moved to Richland Northeast as secondary coach in 1999. He returned to Stratford one year later and coached defensive backs through 2004. Candor spent the 2005 season at West Ashley before returning to his alma mater.
Candor plans to continue Reedy’s offensive approach, an I-formation, option-based running attack that was among the most productive in the state. While not official, Candor does not expect any significant changes within the current coaching staff.
“We will have the same high expectations here that we’ve had over the last nine years,” said Candor. “We have a pretty good car in the race but we’ll always try to tweak some things and make the car run better. We don’t have to change a lot because we’ve been very successful.
“I believe most of the staff here will stay together. I will give up my duties as defensive coordinator and we will obviously have a new offensive coordinator as well since coach Reedy did that. I already have guys in mind and my goal is to have the staff in place fully by next Friday.”