Coming back home.
On May 8, the Waccamaw High School football team hired Georgetown native Dustin Martin as its new offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.
Martin will replace former offensive coordinator Shane Fidler, also the head coach, who left for the head coaching position at Ashley Ridge High School. Waccamaw’s former defensive coordinator and special teams coach Amondre Johnson will serve as interim head coach this season.
Martin was the offensive line coach at Fort Mill High School last season in Fort Mill, South Carolina. From 2016 to 2018, Martin was the offensive line and tight ends coach at York High in York, SC, and in 2015 he was the tight ends coach at Georgetown High, where he graduated from 2013.
Martin played college football in Division II for Limestone College in the school’s inaugural season. He played center.
Martin is excited to be back in Georgetown County.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be back in the community where I grew up,” he said. “I want to give the kids a backbone and support. I want to show the kids that no matter their background, if they work hard, you can go anywhere you’d like to go. It means the world to me to be able to give back to where I came from.”
Martin has big aspirations for his future.
“This is the next step toward my end goal of being a head coach in the near future,” he said.
Martin has his eye on one thing above all else as he prepares for the season.
“What I’m looking forward to most is to work with the kids and build relationships with the kids,” he said. “(I’m also looking forward to) installing an offense. I’ve been paying my dues, and now I have the opportunity to install and call an offense.”
Martin is ready to get started at his new position.
“I’m excited and happy to be a part of Warrior Nation,” he said. “Coach Johnson is doing great things and I’m grateful and blessed to be part of it.”
Johnson is looking forward to working with Martin.
“From day one, he’s done an amazing job,” Johnson said. “He’s been unrealistically professional and loves the game. One of his best qualities is that he’s local and family-oriented. He’s coming back from the Charlotte and Fort Mill area because he wanted to be near his family.”
Johnson thinks Martin has a long career ahead of him.
“He’s young and excited,” Johnson said. “He’s an organized coach and in the coming years, one day he will be a great head coach in the state of SC. We’re excited as a staff and community to him around.”