The search to replace Chuck Jordan as Conway’s athletics director took its next step.
Horry County Schools released the names of the three finalists for the position Wednesday. Two of the men were also up for the same job at Carolina Forest that recently went to former South View (N.C.) Athletics Director Tripp Satterwhite.
The three finalists for the Conway opening are LaSalle-Peru (Ill.) Athletics Director D’Wayne Bates, Rock Hill basketball coach and Assistant Athletics Director Eric Rollings and Summerville basketball coach and football assistant Greg Elliott. Rollings and Bates were in the final three at Carolina Forest.
The district, handling the release of information to this point, responded to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by The Sun News.
All three finalists have extensive sports backgrounds, as well as previous administrative experience.
Summerville’s Elliott took over the Green Wave basketball program in 2009 after a career that briefly led him through the Grand Strand. He’s previously worked in multiple positions at Georgetown and Andrews. He was also the athletics director at Hilton Head. He also spent five years as an NCAA Division-I assistant coach between Virginia Tech and Southern Mississippi.
Bates – who graduated from Silver Bluff High School in Aiken – played receiver at Northwestern before becoming a third-round pick of the Chicago Bears in 1999. He played five seasons with the Bears and Minnesota Vikings before retiring in 2004. He was hired as the LaSalle-Peru athletics director in May of 2012.
Rollings’ Bearcat basketball team missed the playoffs this winter after finishing third in Region III-AAAA in 2013-’14. He has helped with promotions and scheduling for Rock Hill’s other varsity sports in addition to his role as basketball coach. He took over the hoops program in 2009.
Conway’s process was behind the one at neighboring Carolina Forest, but not by much. Principal Steven Fitch met with candidates over the course of the last two weeks. The district previously released that the job opening garnered 64 total applications, with nine of those coming from existing Horry County Schools employees.
The district did not say when the hire would be finalized, although typically a name would be presented at a board meeting for official approval. The next scheduled HCS board meeting is March 23.
Whomever accepts the role will be taking over for Jordan, who announced the resignation of his administrative duties on Dec. 17. Jordan, who was hired as the football coach and athletics director at Conway prior to the 1983-’84 school year, was the last person serving in the dual role in Horry County. The district banned the practice more than a decade ago.