Thursday, May 1, 2014
Vic Radcliff is out as North Augusta High School’s baseball coach.
Head coach for the past nine seasons, and volunteer assistant for 16 years before that, Radcliff has been around the Jackets baseball program for a quarter-century and was relieved of his duties on April 29.
“I wouldn’t be telling the truth if I said I didn’t care,” Radcliff said. “I know God is in control, and I’m not going to be bitter about this change.”
The North Augusta baseball team struggled in Radcliff’s final season, finishing with a 10-8 overall record and a 3-7 region record.
This season marked the first time in Radcliff’s tenure the team didn’t make the playoffs.
“Looking back at it, this season has been like a roller coaster,” Radcliff said following the season finale against South Aiken. “We come out one game and we look good, we look like we’re putting it together, then we come back again and look like we don’t know what in the world is going on.”
Kyle Smith, currently the Paul Knox Middle School principal, hired Radcliff as baseball coach during his time at North Augusta High School.
Smith commended the work Radcliff did during his time at North Augusta High School.
“Coach Radcliff did a great job at NAHS during his tenure,” Smith said. “He led the 2007 squad to the state finals and always had well-coached teams. More importantly, Coach Radcliff is a gentleman and always was interested in helping his players become better people.”
John Murphy, principal at North Augusta High School, wants to have a baseball coach that has direct responsibilities in the school.
“I can’t talk about personnel decisions, because of confidentiality, but we are looking for someone who is a faculty member,” Murphy said. “That is high on our list for our next baseball coach. We would always like to employ someone in the school district or a faculty member in the school.”
The next head coach will inherit a team stocked with hard workers, Radcliff said.
“I think there are some really talented young men on that team,” he said. “They want to play baseball and work hard.”
While his time at the helm at North Augusta High School is over, Radcliff can now spend more time with his family.
“Now, I can turn my attention fully to my family,” he said. “I’ve got plenty of time to spend with them and to see my grandkids play ball. I’m just glad I had a chance to be with the program.”
T.J. Lundeen is a reporter for The North Augusta Star. Follow him on Twitter @lundeentj for more updates.