In five years, Greg Windham helped the Aynor boys basketball team do something it hadn’t in more than four decades when the Blue Jackets made the playoffs.
Between that and his youngest son graduating, Windham had more than enough reasons to walk away from his athletics responsibilities. He’ll remain at the school this fall in what will be his 31st year teaching at Aynor.
“When I took over, I said our goal was to get to the playoffs,” he said. “Pretty much everybody laughed at us. … Everyone said you couldn’t come to Aynor and win.”
The Blue Jackets finished 14-10 this past winter and were fourth in Region VIII-AA. They lost to Timberland in the first round of the Class AA playoffs, but getting there was no small feat for Aynor.
The team hadn’t been to the postseason since 1983.
A crop of seniors that included his son, Austin, Zack Jenerette, Jackson Woodle, Grayson Long, Malik Sanders, Wyatt Culler and Landon Smith graduated last week.
Windham said he originally informed his players and the school he would be stepping away from the coaching job in March. However, it wasn’t posted until late May through Horry County Schools as Aynor was also searching for a new principal. The application deadline is Friday.
Athletics Director Doug Hinson said the school may not be able to start interviews until after July 4. He did say, however, that the school has received plenty of interest for the position.
That’s in part to what Windham did.
“Greg did an outstanding job,” Hinson said. “It’s hard to replace him.”
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