Search begins for Lewisville coach

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Lions seek AD, football coach

By The Staff

The process of finding a new football coach and athletic director for Lewisville High School is underway.

Both jobs were posted Thursday on the Chester County School District’s website, http://www.chester.k12.sc.us/.

The positions have officially been open since February 13. On January 30, former coach and athletics director Floyd Drum was delivered a letter at the school informing him he was being released from his duties by the school district.

He was one of seven working retirees who were terminated in a cost-savings move as the district struggled to find way to deal with budget cuts from the state.

The district website says that Lewisville High School is seeking “a head football coach with physical education teaching credential” and an “athletics director with secondary teaching credential.”

Drum, a Lancaster resident, had been at Lewisville since 1987, coming to the school as an assistant football coach for Bennie McMurray. He also served as the softball and girls basketball coach during his tenure.

In 2004, when McMurray’s successor, Kim Gray, left the school to become an assistant at Fairfield Central High, Drum assumed head football coaching duties (he had already taken over as athletics director).

Drum originally viewed himself as a one-year stopgap, but held the head football coaching position for five seasons, compiling a record of 35-22 with four winning seasons and three region titles.

Assistant football coach and former girls basketball coach Rusty Pemberton is currently serving as the interim athletics director.

The search process was stalled for a time when the Chester County School Board was mulling the idea of consolidating Lewisville and Great Falls High Schools, an idea that was ultimately rejected.

Lewisville High School principal Dr. Jim Knox was unavailable for comment this week.