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 said there is a North Augusta team meeting planned for this morning.
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.”