LAURINBURG — Scotland football coach Richard Bailey is the new athletic director for Scotland High, The Laurinburg Exchange has learned.
A spokesperson for Scotland County Schools said Friday a selection for the position had been made, but that it has not been approved by the Scotland County Board of Education.
Scotland’s former athletic director, Tommy Britt, passed away in May at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte after suffering bleeding in the brain. The school has reportedly interviewed a couple of candidates, including Bailey who was interested in the position.
Bailey said his passion for all sports drove him to apply.
“Tommy Britt was one the biggest reasons why I came here,” Bailey said. “I love all sports and in my short time here, I love this school and this community and I love the sports programs here. They’re good right now but I think we can continue to grow and get better and I feel like I could help that and try to carry on the good work that Tommy Britt has started here. If you want to be the AD you have to be someone that likes sports and I love all sports, not just football.”
Bailey said if he were officially named the new athletic director, his role of head football coach would not change. He cited the assistant athletic director as a person that would help him as he makes the transition to an AD.
“There is an assistant AD that would be instrumental during the football season helping me with some of the after school duties associated with being an athletic director,” Bailey said. “During the school year I would definitely be allotted time in order to get those things done as far as it pertains to the other sports and taking care of them.”
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