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WHS Football: Former Bourne protege will coach Warriors

By Chris Sokoloski
Coastal Observer

Tyronne Davis played for Burney Bourne at Cheraw High School, coached with him at Cheraw and Waccamaw High School, and now takes over for him at Waccamaw.

“The job Coach Bourne has done here has been tremendous,” Davis said. “The kids are really enthusiastic. The attitude toward football has changed. There is a lot of interest in the program.”

Bourne announced his retirement this month after 35 years of coaching, the last seven at Waccamaw. He built a program that was on the verge of extinction in 2004 into a perennial playoff team.

“The program is up and rising,” Davis said. “There’s a good group of young athletes at Waccamaw. I’m looking forward to it.”

Davis was 7-14 in two seasons as head coach at Georgetown High School. He is currently the coordinator of student services for the Georgetown County School District, but expects to take a position at Waccamaw High, possibly assistant principal. A decision on that could come as soon as next week.

Waccamaw High principal David Hammel led a nine-person search committee.

“We had a lot of outstanding candidates,” Hammel said, “but Coach Davis is the right fit at the right time.”

The other candidates interviewed were: Waccamaw assistant coaches Robert Burdette and Steve Hart, Derek Youngblood from Williston-Elko High School, Ryan Bartola from Crestwood High School and Thomas Newmann from Summerville High School.

“Tyronne is a great guy and a tremendous leader,” Burdette said. “He is a perfect fit for Waccamaw football.”

Burdette said Davis met with the coaching staff on Tuesday to discuss everyone’s role. “He showed a lot of confidence in retaining the entire staff.”

“I thought it was a good meeting,” said assistant coach Scott Streiffert. “It seems like everyone is on the same page.”

Jim Ferdon is the only addition to the staff, which now has more than 100 years of coaching experience combined.

“I think the secret to the program being successful is, top to bottom, the coaching staff,” Hammel said. “For a football program to be successful it takes the whole staff.”

The coaches have less than two weeks to plan before spring practice starts on May 10.

Davis’ first priority is finding players.

“We’re going to try to go into the school and recruit the kids and get them out to play,” he said. “Right now, we don’t know who will play where.”

Davis plans to change the Waccamaw offense to the wing T, with an emphasis on tight ends instead of a wideouts. He has no plans to change the defense.

Waccamaw kicks off the season Sept. 20 at Latta, followed by St. James, Carvers Bay, Hannah-Pamplico, a bye week, Georgetown, Mullins, Loris, Aynor, Marion and Dillon.

It’s the first year Waccamaw will have a week off in the middle of the season.

“It’s a chance to prepare for the region games and get kids healthy,” Davis said.

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