Georgetown High School is looking to a Loris native to help turn the football program back into a winner.
Bradley Adams, 30, the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach at West Florence last season, was introduced Thursday as the Bulldogs new head football coach.
"I just feel it's a good place to be," Adams said. "It's close to home for me and there are lots of good people from that area that I know. They have a good situation to win. It's a good situation for me to be in. The community shows a lot of support and I'm a community guy.
"I'll try to turn the program around and build on what people before me have done and restore what they've had in the past. When Ken Cribb was there [in the late 1990s] they had some success."
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Adams has been an assistant at Loris, South Florence, Darlington and Mullins, and was the running backs coach at Newberry College for two years before moving to West Florence last year.
He said he expects his travels to cease for a while now that he's got his first head coaching job. "I plan to be at Georgetown High School for a good while, until they run me out," he said. "I'm thankful for the opportunity."
Adams is replacing Tyronne Davis, who left to take over the Waccamaw program after two years with the Bulldogs. Georgetown was 5-6 and made the playoffs in 2008, but took a step back last year with a two-win season that included three losses to end the season to Socastee, Myrtle Beach and Lake City by a combined score 142-6.
"Bradley is a young, energetic coach who displays a whole lot of enthusiasm, and I think at this point and time that's what we need," Georgetown athletic director Al Hutchinson said.
Hutchinson said there were approximately 15 applicants and a handful of candidates were interviewed by a hiring panel. "We had some great, great candidates," Hutchinson said. "I'm sure Bradley looks at it as he's got a lot of work to do. I think we need a little change and I think he's going to bring that to us."
Adams met with the Bulldogs' returning players Thursday and spent time in the weight room. He has a coaches meeting planned Monday.
The coach intends to run the offense himself and said he has someone in mind to serve as his defensive coordinator. He said the offense will be a spread attack with at least three wide receivers that will also be committed to the run with either a tight end or fullback.
Adams will run two weeks of spring practices beginning on or around June 1, once school lets out for the summer. "We'll do it as soon as school is out and test the commitment of the kids a little bit," Adams said.
Adams taught social studies and conducted the after-school weight-lifting program at West Florence, where he'll be missed.
"He did a great job and we're going to miss him," said West Florence head football coach Trey Woodberry. "I think Georgetown is hiring a diamond in the rough. He's one of the hardest working individuals I've ever met. I think he'll be a great head coach and he's a great person.
"He's the kind of person you want your kids coached by and taught by."
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Davis led the Class 4-A Hopewell Titans to a 23-3 record last season.