Defensive Coordinator Anthony Frate is leaving LDHS to take the same position at Wren High School. Jonathan Dailey has accepted a position to coach offensive line at Mauldin High School. Brandon Page will remain as a teacher at LDHS.
The new coaches will be recommended for approval at the District 55 school board meeting in May.
Liner has chosen Lee Taylor as his new defensive coordinator. Taylor is the former head coach at Mauldin High School, where he also served as the assistant athletic director. Taylor was at Mauldin from 2006 – 2017 and served as the head football coach from 2013 – 2017. Prior to his work at Mauldin, Taylor was the head football coach at Southside High School from 2000 – 2005.
Taylor began his coaching career at Holly Hill Academy before moving onto Stall High School and then J.L. Mann High School where he served as an assistant coach. Taylor has 28 years of coaching experience and backs that up with a Masters of Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy.
Laurens native Jamie Childress has been named the head coach of the C team. Childress is a graduate of LDHS, playing both football and baseball. He played baseball at Presbyterian College and began his coaching career there, working 3 years for current Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin.
A 22-year coaching veteran, Childress has had stops at McCormick, Emerald, Northwestern and Ninety-Six, coaching football and baseball at each of these schools. He worked for Liner for six years at Ninety-Six High School.
Childress is married to the former Leigh Blackwell, also a Laurens native, and they have two sons, James and Jacob. Jacob is currently playing baseball at Lander University.
Austin White has been named the special teams coach and will also work with punters and kickers. White is a Batesburg-Leesville native, where he was an all-state performer in football and soccer. White started his coaching career with Liner at Ninety-Six. White has coached at Batesburg-Leesville and is currently the special teams and defensive backs coach at Gilbert. He is also the head soccer coach at Gilbert.
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