Waccamaw High School has a new head football coach – for the 2020 season, at least.
Waccamaw defensive coordinator and special teams coach Amondre Johnson was named the interim head coach of the program on Monday and was introduced to players, students and faculty in the school’s media center.
“It means the world to me,” Johnson said of being named the interim coach. “It’s such a blessing to be able to be here with great administration, an amazing group of kids and an amazing foundation that’s been set by years of hard work. So it means the world to me to be able to step in this position and it’s an honor that I was considered for the job.”
Johnson, who was actually the wide receivers coach when he first came to Waccamaw in 2018, is replacing former head coach Shane Fidler, who announced he was leaving the school on Thursday to take the head coaching position at Ashley Ridge High School in Summerville. Fidler went 8-22 in three seasons at Waccamaw, most notably taking the program from 0-10 in 2017 to 7-4 in 2019.
“I was,” Coach Johnson said when asked if he was surprised by Fidler’s departure. “I was because I know that he loves this place and he’s made such a huge impact here and he’s done so much for the football team; the players, the program, and the school. So I know he took that job and that wasn’t an easy decision for him and it’s not an easy decision for all the other coaches because he led us really well and we look up to him. It’s just a good opportunity for him, and although it’s a shock, the lights still come on on Friday, and like I said, I’m blessed to be able to take his position and try to at least fill his shoes.”
Having been at Waccamaw for two seasons now, Johnson is very close with the players in his program.
“I would describe my relationship with my players a family type of relationship,” he said. “They respect me as an authority and I respect them as people. I think the kids respect me, they respect the coaching staff, they respect the administration, and that’s what makes it such a good relationship. And the kids understand as young men that there’s a time to play, but when we speak, they listen. It’s just a really good relationship between us.”
Johnson can’t wait to get started in his new role.
“I look forward to a great season,” Johnson said. “I look forward to working with everybody. I look forward to continuing to raise the program as it’s been these past couple years and I’m just excited about the season and everything that’s going on.”