Greenbrier coach steps down

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Former Greenbrier High School athletic director Scott Chadwick announced Wednesday afternoon he was giving up his duties as football coach.

Chadwick  Chris Thelen/Staff
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Chadwick

"It is with very mixed emotions that I have made the decision to step aside as the head football coach at Greenbrier High School," Chadwick said in a prepared statement. "I am certainly disappointed at losing the opportunity to continue serving the incredibly supportive parents and the outstanding young men that make up the Greenbrier High School football program. This is truly a great community. However, it has become apparent to me that due to the issues of the past month and other circumstances surrounding the program, that it will be difficult for me to be an effective leader here."

Chadwick has been under scrutiny since the school discovered eligibility problems among its football players. A full report submitted to the Georgia High School Association on Nov. 26 admitted that ineligible players had been unintentionally permitted to participate in some regular-season football games.

The problems stems from improper paperwork and cost the school $1,000 in fines from the GHSA.

Greenbrier principal Dr. Margie Hamilton confirmed Chadwick's resignation in a press release Wednesday afternoon.

"His previously announced intention to step down as athletic director is now permanently in effect," she said.

"He will remain on our faculty as a full-time teacher."

Chadwick told the Greenbrier football players of his intentions in a team meeting Wednesday afternoon. The coaching veteran of 10 years said his plans to remain at the school as a teacher were temporary.

"Nothing is totally definite, but my plan right now is that I'll finish out the semester and probably move on from there," Chadwick said. "I think with everything that's happened the last month, I might need to step away from being a head coach for a year or two."

Another Columbia County football coach, Jody Grooms at Lakeside, was recently disciplined after his team ran an illegal play in its final regular-season game. Grooms lost his athletic director job and was suspended for the first two games of 2008.

Chadwick, in his second year as athletic director and head football coach at Greenbrier, led the football team to a 5-5 record this fall, but two of those wins were forfeited because of the ineligible players.

After the GHSA announced its decision to fine the school $1,000 and place the entire athletic department on "severe status warning," further punishment was expected to come from Columbia County school superintendent Charles Nagle.

Chadwick's announcement came before Nagle released his decision.

Hamilton said Greenbrier assistant principal Ed Williams, a former head baseball coach at the school, will serve as interim athletic director likely for the remainder of the school year.

Reach Billy Byler at (706) 863-6165 or billy.byler@augustachronicle.com.

CHADWICK'S TIME AT GREENBRIER


March 3, 2006 -- Then Columbia County school superintendent Tommy Price approved the hiring of Scott Chadwick as Greenbrier's next athletic director and football coach. Chadwick was an eight-year coaching veteran from Maryland with a 63-31 career record.


Aug. 31, 2007 -- The football season began and Chadwick unintentionally used an academically ineligible player in the first two games.


Oct. 30 -- Greenbrier's coaches and administration became aware of paperwork problems that resulted in several athletes playing with improperly filled out physicals or no physicals on file at all. Other athletes were not listed on the team's eligibility roster and two of those players, one on the junior varsity squad and one on the varsity squad, were academically ineligible. Greenbrier principal Dr. Margie Hamilton alerted the Georgia High School Association.


Nov. 14 -- Hamilton sent out a news release explaining the violations and announcing the school would forfeit two wins. A self-investigation began within the athletic department and paperwork from all fall and winter sports teams were reviewed. Chadwick announced he would temporarily step down as athletic director.


Nov. 26 -- The GHSA announced a $1,000 fine against Greenbrier and placed the entire athletic department on "severe warning status" for one calendar year.

Dec. 5 -- Chadwick announced he would step down as athletic director and head football coach.

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PTHS2
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PTHS2 12/06/07 - 07:19 am
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Mr Chadwick, thank you for

Mr Chadwick, thank you for doing the honorable thing for the sake of the reputations of the school and football program. I wish you great success in the future. Now, Jodyboy, were you watching? Please resign and give LHS a chance to regain it's reputation and start the rebuilding and reunification process. You have single-handedly divided the LHS parents and students and brought great discredit upon the school and county. Please stop our torture and move on to a new location and program.

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Ya Know 12/06/07 - 07:36 am
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Coach Chadwick, you will be

Coach Chadwick, you will be greatly missed. You are a wonderful man and a Wonderful coach.. Sorry to see you go.

wise ole man
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wise ole man 12/06/07 - 07:43 am
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i thinkit is kind of ironic

i thinkit is kind of ironic that the one person that Margie tried to blame all this mess on is now the AD! Watch your back Ed.

PeaHead
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PeaHead 12/06/07 - 07:58 am
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Margie is going to take care

Margie is going to take care of Margie! She's about as trustworthy as a fox in a hen house!

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CSRAider 12/06/07 - 08:02 am
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Coach Chadwick you were in

Coach Chadwick you were in deep water when you came here. I was glad to meet you and your family and I wish the best for you all. I am sorry you got tied up in a mess that usually would have been swept under the carpet.

Little Whitey
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Little Whitey 12/06/07 - 08:41 am
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Now that the coaching vacancy

Now that the coaching vacancy is there, maybe just maybe the powers to be will fill the void with someone "in house". I suggest looking at Rodney Holder. Greenbrier officials felt strongly enough to make Rodney the Head Baseball coach, now give him the chance with the football program. You need someone familiar with the players at a time like this and after all Rodney is known by the players as a players coach.

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WarEagle 12/06/07 - 08:49 am
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When is the Lakeside coach

When is the Lakeside coach going to do the same ? Take the hint and move on.

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advisor 12/06/07 - 08:54 am
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Chadwick went out with class.

Chadwick went out with class. Grooms?

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secretagentman 12/06/07 - 08:56 am
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it is a mess at ghs- i just

it is a mess at ghs- i just dont want good people blamed for stuff they didnt do.

junebug
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junebug 12/06/07 - 08:59 am
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One down, one to go.

One down, one to go.

wise ole man
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wise ole man 12/06/07 - 09:06 am
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Rodney and Garrett will be

Rodney and Garrett will be lucky of Margie keeps them after all this. She has bascially black-balled them because they did not support her choice in AD/football coach and now that Garrett was behind the discover of the "lack of" physicals mess, he's lucky he is still coaching. I can garantee that the parents will not stand by and let Garrett be the scape goat.

secretagentman
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secretagentman 12/06/07 - 09:11 am
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The coach that found the

The coach that found the missing paperwork was NOT who you think it is...... who reported it is another issue.

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ccfbdawg 12/06/07 - 09:12 am
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You guys need to quit wasting

You guys need to quit wasting your time calling for Groomes to resign. He isn't going anywhere. He has the support of those important to him, the football kids and their parents. That isn't just the rich ones, it includes those of us that have to work hard just to get by. PTHS, you need to give it a rest. Groomes didn't divide LHS. If there is a division, which I don't think exists, it was caused by the firing of Randy Hill as AD and football coach.
It didn't matter who came in to replace him if that person was from outside the existing click, oops I should have said staff. You can't compare the LHS and GB situations. There is much more to the GB situation that is being kept quiet. I am surprised our crack media reporters hasn't started asking for all financial records pertaining to the athletic accounts and the booster club accounts. I hear money appropriation issues are what is really at the GB coach firing.

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ccfbdawg 12/06/07 - 09:14 am
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Our crack reporters need to

Our crack reporters need to look at the GB principals involvement in all of this. She is not lilly white in this thing, however, you can bet she won't be the one falling on the sword.

wise ole man
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wise ole man 12/06/07 - 09:45 am
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Margie thinks she is

Margie thinks she is protected my Mike Sleeper. To be honest with you, there aren't too many of us happy with his performance either. His loyalty to her may cost him the BOE chairman spot if he isn't too careful. Margie is weak- even her predecesory did not endorse her as principal. That speaks volumns in my book! Margie has an elitest attitude for whatever reason but when teh BOE looks at the big picture they may realize GHS is in trouble.

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Eric 12/06/07 - 09:46 am
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As many have said, one down,

As many have said, one down, one to go. Chadwick, you did the right thing. I do know the Georgia High School Ethics Committee has a complaint against Grooms. He better read the writing on the wall. ccfbdawg, perhaps you should quit wasting your time telling everybody else to quit wasting theirs. We have just as much right to support him getting fired as you and the rest of the people that are supporting him do to support him. This thing is all over the southeast and Grooms is the laughing stock of the southeast and has brought LHS right there with him. I know for a fact that this has gone as far as Boone N.C. where umps and refs there were in total disbelief that he would even attempt a play like that. And laughing at him. The people at LHS may like and support this guy; but, I would bet that the vast majority of the citizens in CC think he should go. There isn't one team that LHS will play next year that won't be watching him like a hawk.

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THINKABOUTIT 12/06/07 - 09:50 am
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Thought I would throw in my

Thought I would throw in my 10 cents::::: Are we Columbia County the only county in the state with these type of problems? If so, where are all the competent adults? The issue at hand is a basic issue that anyone in athletics knows needs to be handled before anyone can participate in high school athletics. We need the administrators to take a more active role or at very least hire more competent people in general. This is an embarasment to our great county!!!!! (Im not pointing fingers just stating the obvious)

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neversurprised 12/06/07 - 10:06 am
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To many people out there

To many people out there supporting CROOKS, remember you are setting an example for you kids!!

PTHS2
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PTHS2 12/06/07 - 10:13 am
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ccfbdawg - what percentage of

ccfbdawg - what percentage of LHS students are on the football team? The VAST majority of LHS parents who do NOT support his continued employment are not going away. Enjoy the boooos and the paper bags over our heads this fall if he approaches the sideline, then you might appreciate the divide and shame he has created. Does the TD club have a formal fund set up to replace his $12k a year? Or are we all just supposed to slip him envelopes with cash and tell him how grateful we are that he is such a fine example to our children. Our students deserve better than having to be in the middle of this. The shirts they are wearing with his picture on them are dividing the hallways. Ask your son......I asked mine.

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Unbelieveable 12/06/07 - 10:27 am
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RPMcMurphy, I just knew once

RPMcMurphy, I just knew once this happened that you would show your true colors. You came slithering out from under that rock! Wake up, Holder didn't want the head football coach position, he only wanted the AD position. You and your cronies make me sick. I know you are all good "huntin" buddies with Holder, but please!!!! Why do you all think that just because his Dad could coach, that he can, too? Believe me, football parents, you do not want this man coaching your children. He will play his "huntin' buddies" and baseball players before your son, even if your son is a better player. He has always played favorites. McMurphy, I don't know where you get the idea that he is a "players coach". You must just be talking to the offspring of the "good ole boys club". Slither back under that rock now!

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knowledgeizpwr 12/06/07 - 10:36 am
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This is a long time coming.

This is a long time coming. The man was only supported by the Boosters Club who thought they could buy their child's spot on the team and an inept administrator. I mean who else takes their coach to the National. This coach has alientated his staff and pandered to his players for long enough, without once taking care of the #1 priority in coaching, taking care of those that take care of you (and it is not the parents). Everyone would have you believe that there was a conspiracy or backbiting behind this ordeal, but in reality the responsibility starts at the top. Dr. H showed a lack of leadership by going outside the area to replace Coach Derrick and has bent over backwards to protect him ever since. Now the truth is coming out and she is involved and hopefully the CCBOE will make the changes necessary to return Greenbrier to it's former glory. Attitude reflects leadership. Bring back Ms. Teasley, the entire math department that left, the office staff that could not work with her, and the list goes on and on and on and on and on. Oh, by the way, I hear Crossroads needs a new principal. Good riddance.

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know you towell 12/06/07 - 10:40 am
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I am a parent from Lakeside

I am a parent from Lakeside and I feel Groomes made a mistake, now let's move on how many others have made a mistake and they are still in their positions. Randy Hill does not need to even still have a position at Lakeside Highschool but he does (just the good old boys).

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Dan White 12/06/07 - 10:45 am
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Hold on a minute! Why are the

Hold on a minute! Why are the assistant coaches at Greenbrier being criticized for blowing the whistle on Chadwick and the assistant coaches at Lakeside are being blamed for not stopping Grooms' train-wreck of cheating??? The assistant coaches at LHS would have been heroes if they had blown the whistle on Grooms practicing and implementing cheating. Why aren't the GHS coaches heroes for turning in a coach who fails in his responsiblities and duties??? Maybe Grooms will at least show the class that Chadwick did by resigning. In Chadwick's failure, at least he came through in the end and did what was best for GHS, his family, the football program, the community, and CCBOE. Now, Grooms needs to do the same. The whole house needs to be swept clean in both schools. I wish Chadwick the best and hope he can land another coaching/AD position and start clean like George O'Leary did when they caught him cheating on his resume when he was hired at Notre Dame. He got a new start at UCF and is doing a great job and will not lie on his resume again!!! Chadwick will never be slack in paper work again if he ever chooses and can get hired as coach again somewhere! But, his leadership at GHS was gone like O'Leary's was gone at Notre Dame. Grooms' leadership at LHS is shot too!

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Unbelieveable 12/06/07 - 10:46 am
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knowledgeizpwr, i guess you

knowledgeizpwr, i guess you are one of the inbred from around here as well. Geez, wake up and get in the right century. Columbia County is mostly populated with educated people that have moved in from outside this area, thank goodness. We will eventually run the ignorance out of the county. And, no one bought their child's place on the team. Each player had to pay a fee to play that went to help buy equipment. That is done in every sport. The rest of the money was for season tickets and reserved seats. Some of those that paid the most had sons that never played or very rarely played. So, get you facts straight. Yes, let's take GHS back to it's former glory.....where students are raped on campus. Let's bring back Carraway, who will just tell you what you want to hear then turn around and stab you in the back and run up to hallway to her buddy, Garrett. Why can't a coach just do his job without having to play all the political game at GHS. I say just fire the WHOLE coaching staff and start over!!!!!

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Unbelieveable 12/06/07 - 10:50 am
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ccfbdawg, there are no

ccfbdawg, there are no financial issues, just a bad case of disorganization! Once the "powers that be" tasted blood in the water they went in for the kill, even going as far to search his office and desk. Sickening!

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Unbelieveable 12/06/07 - 10:56 am
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greenjacket, another member

greenjacket, another member of the "Huntin Club"! Chadwick was never able to lead at GHS because he was constantly being undermined, even on the sidelines of the ballgames, by these other low class coaches!

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Jillian 12/06/07 - 10:59 am
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I am glad he resigned. I

I am glad he resigned. I think the difference between GreenBriar and Lakeside is this- Greenbriar is modeling responsibility for what they did and Lakeside is content with the status quo. Once a cheater always a cheater seems to apply very well. Of course the kids support the cheating coach, they are a product of his teaching, duh.

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Unbelieveable 12/06/07 - 10:59 am
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What is wrong with going

What is wrong with going "outside the area" to find a quality coach that might actually be unbiased in regard to athletic talent?

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PTHS2 12/06/07 - 11:00 am
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oneconsult - Do you practice

oneconsult - Do you practice your "mistakes" before you carry them out in your professional life? Maybe I should sign up for one of your consults to help me understand how cheating is okay. I'd also like to understand how it is okay to suck a group of fine student athletes down with you and be able to show your face in town. If you can help me get past these mental blocks, please leave a number where I can make an appointment.

wise ole man
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wise ole man 12/06/07 - 11:02 am
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I thinik the time line above

I thinik the time line above is interesting since basketball conditioning and meetings were held the week of October 23 and that is when the physical miscue was discovered but it was not reported to GHSA until October 30. Why was that? The basketball coaches were told not to talk about this or else. How does anyone know that the ineligible player only played the first 2 games? i do not thinkwe played LHS the 2nd game so why do we forfeit to them?

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