Brian Coleman

Georgetown High’s 2019 interim head football coach Brian Coleman, left, is one of 13 candidates the school is currently looking at to make the next head coach.

The search for a new Georgetown High School football coach continues.

Last season’s head coach Brian Coleman is not out of the running, but he is one of several head coaches the school is looking at to take the helm.

“We interviewed 13 candidates and we should have the person in place prior to spring practice,” Georgetown High principal Craig Stone said.

Coleman, who was the strength and conditioning coach for the team, took over as the interim head coach after then-head coach Jordan Ward left the program in June 2019.

But Coleman knew the position would still be up for grabs at the end of the season.

“Correct,” Principal Stone said when asked if Coleman knew going in that the position was temporary and he would have to re-apply for it at the end of the season.

Coleman led the Bulldogs to a 3-8 overall record and a 2-3 Region VII-3A record last season which was good enough for a playoff spot. The team fell in the first round at Aynor, 43-13.

Georgetown has gone through a lot of head coaches recently, so it is important that the program picks someone who is willing to stick around.

“Consistency is important to any program both for athletics and academics,” Stone said. “We are looking for someone to give at least a five-year commitment. This will allow the program to build upon the foundation currently in place and allow the new coach to become familiar with the B-team and the rec(reational) football program. It would also foster more public support as this person would become a vital part of the Georgetown community.”

Coleman began his coaching career in Ohio back in 1999 and moved to the Georgetown area in 2018.

With an interview with the Georgetown Times before the 2019 season, Coleman said that he was excited for the opportunity to coach.

“For the opportunity to come make a big impact on our football team as head coach, I took the opportunity and ran with it,” Coleman said.