Craig Evans didn’t need much time before appointing an interim football coach to replace Bradley Adams at Georgetown.
By the end of the work day on Wednesday, the day Adams was officially approved to take over at Union County, the Georgetown High School principal had selected current assistant and former Hemingway head coach Ken Cribb to take over the program. And while nothing is in stone, the interim tag may not last very long.
“We were lucky in that sense, a proven coach like that already on staff. It was easy for me,” Evans said. “I have the utmost confidence in his abilities and I know we’re in good hands. It may be that he is chosen to lead the team [full-time].”
In the end, Evans could name Cribb as the full-time head coach at any time. Cribb is already on staff as a teacher, and Georgetown County School District approval is not necessary for supplemental positions. Still, the largest school in the county is going to take at least some time before finalizing a permanent hire.
Commentary on Cribb could be heard at Tuesday’s school board meeting.
Many current district officials saw the success Cribb had just down the road at Hemingway. Between 2004-2014, he led the Tigers to a 101-36 record and advanced as far as the 2011 Class A – Division I state title game, where they fell to Abbeville.
We were lucky in that sense, a proven coach like that already on staff. It was easy for me. I have the utmost confidence in his abilities and I know we’re in good hands. It may be that he is chosen to lead the team [full-time].
Georgetown High School principal Craig Evans
Cribb previously worked as an assistant coach at Hemingway for eight seasons. In May of 2015, he resigned from Hemingway and began teaching Drivers Education at Georgetown, where he also served as the co-athletics director alongside Adams.
On Wednesday, Cribb also took over all athletics director responsibilities. Adams’ last day at the school was Thursday; he is expected to be officially released from his contract during Tuesday’s school board meeting so he can begin his full-time duties at Union County immediately.
The new job ended a successful six-year run in which Adams was 40-27, won more than twice the number of games as any other coach in school history and won three combined playoff games the last two seasons.
“We’re all very proud of Coach Adams,” Evans said. “I fully recognize the success we’ve had, and the credit goes to Coach Adams. But I can’t stop the show. … It’s important for our guys, for us to move forward. We have an outstanding coach already on staff.”
Evans went on to say that continuing the recent winning ways was of “extreme importance.”
“I’ve always believed that success on the athletic fields, success in the other extracurricular activities, carries over to the classrooms and the hallways,” he said. “You talk about school spirit. I’ve been in this county for a long time. I’ve been at Georgetown High School for 10, 11 years. It’s just a different feeling.”