Waccamaw didn't have to go far to find its new football coach. In fact, the school didn't even need to leave Georgetown County.
Georgetown head coach Tyronne Davis has taken the reins at Waccamaw, replacing the retiring Burney Bourne. Davis went 7-14, appearing in the 2008 playoffs, in two seasons with the Bulldogs.
"I live in the Murrells Inlet area, so it was a good opportunity," Davis said. "Burney has done an excellent job with the program. It's a great opportunity to go to a school and a community that's excited about football and sports.
"At Georgetown we got some things going in the right direction. We increased the number of kids that were playing. We improved the JV program. The kids were working really hard. It was a struggle to leave the program and the kids there. I had worked with them for two years. This should be a good year at Georgetown, but it was an opportunity to go home."
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Davis spent the 2004 season as an assistant at Waccamaw before serving as the defensive coordinator at Carvers Bay in 2006 and 2007.
"I think he is the right fit at the right time," Waccamaw principal David Hammel said. "He's right for us and we're looking forward to having him."
Hammel's counterpart at Georgetown, Mike Cafaro, now must hire a head coach for the second time in two years. Still, he said Davis left the program in better shape than it was when he was hired Feb. 26, 2008.
"Tyronne did a great job in the two years he was here," Cafaro said. "... We are happy with the direction the program is headed. We have more kids in the weight room than we ever have had. He was exactly what we needed at that time."
Davis has also coached at Cheraw and Chesterfield, serving as a defensive coordinator in 10 of his 13 seasons as an assistant coach before being hired at Georgetown.
He plans to take over immediately and will coach the Warriors during spring practice, which commences May 10. Bourne's coaching staff will remain intact at Waccamaw, Hammel said.
Georgetown began advertising its vacancy Tuesday and will accept applications through May 6.
"We'll try and get somebody in before spring practice begins," Cafaro said. "It's not something that we're pushing for, though. If we're going through the process and the right person is not there, then we'll extend the process. We need to get the right person here."
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