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.

"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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