High School Football

Chuck Jordan enjoying retirement, but could a return to coaching be looming?

Former Conway High football coach Chuck Jordan posted a 278-143 career record during his time on the sideline.
Former Conway High football coach Chuck Jordan posted a 278-143 career record during his time on the sideline. jlee@thesunnews.com

Having retired in his early 60s, Chuck Jordan says he’s still a “young pup.”

After 34 years at Conway High School as a teacher, coach and athletic director, Jordan indicated he’d like to work again.

"I don't know, you know, at this point going forward ... I'm still a young pup, you know," he said Saturday. "I'll probably work again - in what capacity I don't know. We'll see as things unfold in that respect."

Jordan officially retired Nov. 30, when his contract expired. He had been placed on administrative leave following a May on-campus incident with a student in which both incurred criminal charges that were later dropped. Horry County Schools, however, did not reinstate Jordan before his retirement and he missed all of the 2017 football season while then-interim Carlton Terry took over.

With that situation in the rear view, Jordan is getting a taste of a life much different than the fast-paced one he endured as a football coach and athletic director for over three decades.

"I've kind of enjoyed everything around me a little bit better just because you slow down a little bit and you take your time and it's amazing what you see going on around you," he said. "So I've enjoyed that."

Still, there’s an itch to get back on the football field, Jordan said.

"I'm kind of in a position right now where I don't have to work, so if I do it will be on my terms," he said. "Yeah, I love coaching and it may involve something like that, but it's going to be on the terms that I want.

"I'm not interested in working 24-7, but it's hard to be extremely involved in coaching and not do that, so we'll just have to see how that unfolds going forward."

Whether Jordan — who posted a 278-143 career record during his time on the sideline — returns to the field in a coaching capacity or not, he's left the Conway High program in good hands. Terry recently earned the full-time job as coach after leading the Tigers to a 10-2 record that included a first-round playoff win.

"I consider it a compliment that our staff pretty much remained intact and he was able to step up and do that and there's several other guys out there coaching that were part of our staff over time, you know, at Myrtle Beach, at Aynor and throughout the state," Jordan said. "So I've always thought that was a sign of good health for a program when you've got past players, people that have been involved in your program, whether that be players or assistant coaches, that go on to become assistant coaches or head coaches.

"I think it's a positive, very much so that our next coach at Conway High School comes from the staff. I think that's a compliment to the staff that was there before."

In all those years as a head football coach, there's a long list of things Chuck Jordan liked about the job. Yet, having spent a significant period of time away from the game recently, he learned there’s one part of the game he won't miss at all.

"I have realized a few things not working and the first thing is I don't miss losing," Jordan said. "I went to one of my old roommate's game and watched them play up in the mountains of North Carolina and after the game I told him, I said 'You know, for the first time I realize there's something I really don't miss, and that's just losing.'

"I miss the competition, but at the same time there's aspects of it I don't miss as well."