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North Augusta's Dan Pippin leaving to become coach at Greenwood

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One of the area’s biggest and best football programs will have a new head coach.

North Augusta head coach Dan Pippin is leaving the Yellow Jackets to become the coach at Greenwood.  FILE/STAFF
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North Augusta head coach Dan Pippin is leaving the Yellow Jackets to become the coach at Greenwood.

Wayne Staats
High School Reporter
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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.”

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jennee166
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jennee166 02/18/14 - 12:22 am
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Re: Greenwood hires Pippin

Sometimes it should only be about loyalty. That's all I have to say......

penguin662
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penguin662 02/18/14 - 07:05 am
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Loyalty goes both ways

Where's the district's loyality?

1. The facilities are horrendous.
2. The program is on the verge of becoming AAA
3. Foxcreek continues to steal students from their middle schools and are building new sports facilities.
4. Greenwood is a top 5 school holding steady or moving up where NA is a school on the decline.

Our schools are an embarrassment compared to other districts in the state both academically and in athletics

Why would he stay?

jennee166
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jennee166 02/18/14 - 10:25 am
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You make a couple of points,

You make a couple of points, but I definitely don't agree with everything you just said.....but we're all entitled to an opinion.

Coach Pippin built up NA'S football program and made it one of the top programs in the CSRA, and even the state. I hope they are able to find a replacement that will continue to help this program grow and become even stronger.

bright idea
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bright idea 02/18/14 - 11:08 am
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In this era

people have to look out for themselves. I doubt Pippin left for a pay cut or the same salary even. Loyalty in coaching is one losing season from being shown the door by the wrong disgruntled fan, board member, principal or Super. Coaches have to get what they can while they can.

motownusa
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motownusa 02/18/14 - 10:01 pm
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Dan Pippin / AL own

Good for Mr Pippin. He by far exceeded all expectations and is a proven winner and ranks among the best football coaches in SC. He gave it all he had and never left anything on the football field...he gave it his all. Thank you Mr Pippin.

Now it's time to get Al Lown at North Augusta another proven winner and ranks among the best if not the best there is. He has deep roots at NA. and would be the perfect fit. Go try to get him NA

Later
Joe B

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