One of the area’s biggest and best football programs will have a new head coach.
Dan Pippin will leave North Augusta for the Greenwood head coaching job, Pippin confirmed Monday night.
He went 70-33 in eight seasons with the Yellow Jackets.
“There’s only a few programs in South Carolina I would leave North Augusta for,” Pippin said. “It was incredible – fantastic. To be able to do what we accomplished, I think is phenomenal for the kids, coaches and town.”
Pippin took over at North Augusta in 2006 after previously leading South Aiken. He and his staff built the Yellow Jackets into consistent winners, going 56-12 the past five seasons and reaching the state semifinals three times (2010, 2011 and 2013).
North Augusta went 12-2 in 2013 and lost to eventual Class AAAA Division II state champion Northwestern. Pippin said he wished he could have told his team in person before the announcement – he was first introduced as Greenwood’s new head coach and athletic director at a board meeting Monday night.
Pippin, 45, replaces Gene Cathcart, who left to take the Seneca head coaching job.
Cathcart led the Eagles to the 2012 state title, beating North Augusta in the second round. The two teams also met in the 2010 state semifinals, which Greenwood also won.
Pippin said he considers North Augusta and Greenwood to be similar programs, in that both are great programs in great towns. Though he said it was a difficult decision, Pippin said when a place like Greenwood calls, you have to at least consider it.
“I believe we have one of the top-10 programs in the state in North Augusta,” Pippin said. “At Greenwood, you have one of the top-five storied programs.”
The North Augusta City Council passed a resolution Monday night selecting Odell Associates “to provide design services for the development of a multipurpose stadium to include minor league baseball.”
The selection is dependent upon the firm and the city reaching a “satisfactory contractual agreement,” according to the resolution, which passed unanimously. Councilwoman Carolyn Baggott was absent.
Odell Associates is in Charlotte, N.C., and is the lead design architect for BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, Mayor Lark Jones said.
The city received numerous responses from its request for design services. Three, including Odell Associates, were chosen to provide presentations to the council. Council members then ranked the three.
City Administrator Todd Glover reiterated what city officials have said in the past – that the developer must have private investments confirmed before the city will go forward with construction.
“The problem is the hotel and the apartments and the restaurants and retail, they won’t commit until they know where they’re going to be,” Glover said. “They won’t know where they’re going to be until you establish a footprint for the stadium. So that’s why we’re doing it in phases.”
There is currently no developer agreement in place.
The next step is to come up with a contractual agreement in which both parties will have to agree on terms, including costs or fees.
In South Carolina, city officials aren’t allowed to discuss fees with potential contract architects and the potential architects can’t present what they would charge as part of their presentation, Jones said.
“That’s why this process is having to take a second step,” he said.
If costs or fees are found not to be acceptable during the contract negotiation, council members can choose to pursue the process with the second-choice firm by passing another resolution.
The North Augusta Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting and banquet Monday night, presenting the 2013 Citizen of the Year honor to the founder of an organization dedicated to helping those with special needs.
Pam Stickler received the chamber’s top award for establishing The RECing Crew, an organization formed in 2002 that gives children and adults with special needs the opportunity to participate in leisure and recreational programs such as bowling, art, chorus, sports and monthly social activities.
Stickler started the group when she moved to North Augusta so that her son, who has cerebral palsy, could have an avenue for recreational activities. Last year, she helped design an adaptive playground at Riverview Park in North Augusta.
The RECing Crew now assists 175 special-needs individuals.
Stickler said she was “overwhelmed” and “totally surprised” after walking up to the podium at the North Augusta Community Center to receive her plaque Monday night.
“I can’t do it without the support of the people from this community,” she said. “This community has always opened its doors to us. They’re always willing to help us.”
The banquet was originally scheduled for Feb. 13 but was postponed until Monday because of the ice storm. The theme for this year’s banquet was “Brilliance in business: unmask the possibilities.”
The chamber presented its 2013 Ambassador Award to volunteer Rick Berry, who serves on the board of directors for the North Augusta chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
“It was a well-deserved win for him” said Jessica Hanson, the chamber’s director of member services. “He’s really good at making connections in the community.”
Walker Posey of Posey Funeral Directors in North Augusta was the guest speaker. U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., was the original speaker but couldn’t make the rescheduled date.
Posey spoke to an audience of about 250 guests on what he said it takes to succeed in the business world: providing an authentic experience, understanding customers and employees, simplifying work tasks and empowering workers to use their intelligence.
“The quality of the workforce here and the quality of people is really special,” he said. “There are not always places that have this deep of talent. Be thankful for what you’ve got.”
Authorities have identified the man fatally shot Sunday night after a police chase through two South Carolina counties.
Lt. Tim Thornton, of the North Augusta Department of Public Safety, said Earnest Satterwhite Sr., 68, of Rose Drive in Edgefield County, was fatally wounded by a public safety officer after the pursuit.
The chase started about 7:30 p.m. Sunday on Knox Avenue in front of the Shoppes of North Augusta. Public Safety Officer Justin Craven said he tried to stop the vehicle because he suspected the driver might be drinking, Thornton said.
When the driver didn’t stop, Craven pursued the vehicle on Edgefield Road. The chase resulted in damaged mailboxes and two accidents – one near the Papa John’s restaurant on Edgefield Road and the other near the intersection of Edgefield and Ascauga Lake roads, Thornton said.
As the pursuit left Aiken County, North Augusta Public Safety notified the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office that the chase was heading its way.
Edgefield County deputies joined the pursuit just as it ended at Satterwhite’s residence on Rose Road.
As officers approached the vehicle, an altercation ensued and Craven shot Satterwhite.
Edgefield Chief Deputy Coroner David Burnett said Satterwhite died at 10:11 p.m. at Georgia Regents Medical Center.
Thornton said Craven has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating an officer-involved shooting that followed a high-speed car chase Sunday, authorities said.
About 7:30 p.m., a North Augusta Department of Public Safety officer saw a male driving erratically on Knox Avenue near Wal-Mart, Lt. Tim Thornton said.
The officer initiated a traffic stop, which turned into a high-speed pursuit into Edgefield County. Public safety officers chased the car to Rose Drive in Edgefield County, where they were involved in a shooting that is being investigated by SLED.
Thornton said it is typical for SLED to be involved in these situations.
The chase, he said, resulted in several damaged mailboxes and two accidents – one near the Papa John’s restaurant on Edgefield Road and other near the intersection of Edgefield and Ascauga Lake roads.
There have been no reports of injuries.