School principal John Murphy confirmed Yellow Jackets defensive coordinator Derek Quinn, Westside head coach Steve Hibbitts and Northern Guilford (N.C.) head coach Robert Brian Thomas are the final three.
Murphy said there is no timetable to make the decision and he’s still going through the process. Though there is a school board meeting scheduled for tonight, he said the choice wouldn’t be announced then.
“It will not be (today),” Murphy said. “There’s no deadline.”
Whoever is ultimately named head coach will replace Dan Pippin, who was announced as Greenwood’s head coach for the upcoming season Feb. 17. Pippin went 70-33 in eight seasons as the Yellow Jackets’ head coach.
Quinn, who is also the head coach of the softball team, led a unit that allowed about 12 points per game before the 49-21 loss to high-scoring Northwestern in the SCHSL Class AAAA, Division II state semifinals.
Hibbitts, a former North Augusta defensive coordinator, has gone 13-29 in four seasons as Westside head coach, taking the Patriots to the GHSA state playoffs in each of the past two seasons after Westside hadn’t reached the playoffs since 2005.
The Patriots were in line for seven wins last season, but they forfeited four victories because of the use of an ineligible player who was a backup. The GHSA said it was a communication mistake and Hibbitts said there was an issue with transfer papers – the player was later given approval to play.
In Thomas’ one season as North Guilford head coach, he went 12-3 with the Nighthawks, falling one win shy of playing for the state championship.
Two victories had earlier been forfeited after the school self-reported violations. According to the Greensboro News & Record, one violation stemmed from using junior class players in the varsity game after they had played in the junior varsity game the previous night. The other forfeit was from a violation of a different part of the same rule.