Renfrow trades football sideline for Socastee athletics director post

03/26/2013 12:05 PM

03/26/2013 12:07 PM

Tim Renfrow is ready to go back to his old job.

The now-former Socastee football coach will move into the school’s athletics director position in April. It’s a job he held from 1994-2003, and it will be a transition that likely ends his time on the football sidelines of Horry County.

“I’m excited about our facilities. I’d like to be a part of that,” Renfrow said. “I’ve enjoyed the football, but I think it’s time to move on and let someone else take it over.

“I’ve been thinking about this for a while. I just felt like it was the right time. I think we’ve got our football program at least in pretty good shape.”

The Braves are coming off their best season in school history, a 12-1 finish that ended with a third-round playoff loss to eventual Class AAA state champion Hartsville. Socastee, behind a potent triple-option offense, averaged just shy of 37 points per game.

One of the biggest parts of that great season was Renfrow’s son, Hunter. The then-junior quarterback ran for 1,418 yards and 19 touchdowns while throwing for another 560 yards and eight scores. He was named The Sun News Toast of the Coast Offensive Player of the Year and is starting to get significant interest from college football programs.

However, Hunter Renfrow’s senior season will take place under a new head coach.

Socastee Principal Paul Browning said the position will be officially posted by April 12, following the school’s spring break. A five or six person panel, including Tim Renfrow, will then pare down what is expected to be a large pool of candidates to the top two via in-person interviews. Browning will take it from there, submitting a name to Horry County Schools.

Browning said he hopes to have the entire process completed by June 1.

It will likely be a much more contentious process than Browning had finding a new athletics director.

“I’ve seen his commitment for 15 years,” Browning said. “He’s done a lot behind the scenes. … He’s got an amazing energy level.”

Renfrow’s position change was the next domino after current Socastee athletics director Dave Bennett announced he was leaving for River Bluff High School. At the soon-to-open Lexington school, Bennett will serve as both athletics director and head football coach.

With Renfrow’s promotion official, Bennett’s resignation from Socastee will become effective April 8.

At that point, Renfrow will serve in a de facto dual role until the new football coach is hired. In the meantime, former Socastee athletics director Roger Dixon – who still volunteers at the school – Bennett, Renfrow and Browning will all tackle the various duties with the school’s sports programs.

Renfrow was a natural fit for the athletics director role. He came to the school in 1988 as an assistant football coach and teacher. Additionally, he’s also served as a point person for the large Mingo Bay high school baseball tournament.

Barring an unexpected return to coaching, Tim Renfrow’s career will end with a 57-57 mark in 10 seasons at Socastee and 66-79 in 13 seasons overall between stints with the Braves and at Green Sea-Floyds (1985-1987).

Renfrow said taking a step back from coaching wasn’t easy – especially with Hunter’s highly anticipated senior season approaching.

“A lot of that played into it. It’s hard, but I’m just ready to sit back and watch and help behind the scenes more,” Renfrow said. “I’m looking forward to watching him play and watching us play. There will be times when I miss it a little bit. But I’ll be so involved with it, I’ll be fine. It’s not like I’m leaving.”

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