Adams withdraws name from St. James football coaching search

For The Sun NewsMarch 26, 2014 

Georgetown football coach Bradley Adams is no longer pursing the same position at St. James.

On Wednesday, one day after Adams was listed as one of three finalists for the job, he stated in a text to The Sun News that he was withdrawing his name from consideration. With Adams out of the mix, the search will come down to either Ayden-Grifton (N.C.) coach Paul Cornwell or Cabell Midland (W.Va.) coach Luke Salmons.

The school is expected to name one of those two men its next head coach in advance of spring football practice, which begins May 5.

Horry County Schools, which is handling the release of all information on the search, has not provided an updated timeline for announcing the school’s decision. However, the next regularly scheduled HCS board meeting is Monday, so an announcement could come as early as next week.

Cornwell has piled up an 87-36 record in nine seasons at Ayden-Grifton. Salmons, a former Marshall University all-conference offensive lineman, is a combined 52-23 overall between stints at Cabell Midland and Lawrence County (Ky.).

In the past when a finalist for a similar position has withdrawn, the school typically moves on without naming an alternate finalist. If that’s the case here, that leaves St. James deciding between Cornwell and Salmons.

As for Adams, this is not the first time he has been affiliated with another opening. In the past two years, his name has been connected with head coaching jobs at James Island, Lexington and Hilton Head. In all three cases, he either withdrew from consideration or was not offered the job.

In three of the four total jobs he has applied for, he was actively pursued by someone connected to the opening.

That is of little surprise to those who follow football around the state. Georgetown, which has finished .500 or above and is 23-19 overall in Adams’ four seasons, qualified for the Class AAA playoffs in 2011 and 2012. In the three years prior to his arrival, Georgetown was a combined 7-24.

A phone message to Georgetown Principal Craig Evans was not immediately returned. However, it appears Adams will remain in place for a fifth season.

“I am not leaving Georgetown,” Adams sent in a later text. “I am a Bulldog.”

Contact IAN GUERIN at ian@ianguerin.com.

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