Tuesday, June 17, 2014
North Augusta High School’s swim program will now have to go forward without its boys’ coach.
Head coach Chris Liner announced her resignation last week. Like girls’ coach Joy Collins, Liner helped create the program 10 years ago and had been the only boys coach in team history.
Liner issued a statement to the team on its official website.
“I know this may come as a shock since it comes on the heels of Coach Joy’s resignation,” it said. “As Coach Joy said, ‘there is a time for every season.’ With much thought and prayer, I have decided it is time to pass the kickboard at North Augusta High.”
Liner said her and Collins “ran like a fine-toothed comb” over the past decade.
“We had set something in place that could run by itself,” she said. “When I saw that she was leaving I thought it was my time as well. Of course I want to spend more time with my family, but there are other things out there, as well. It’s time to have someone come in with a new tradition, new stuff; it gives me a chance to do some things, as well.”
Liner specifically talked about wanting to go back to get her master’s degree. She has been a social studies teacher at Paul Knox Middle School for the past 12 years, and is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.
She was also sure to let her players know if they needed recommendations or help of any kind that she would gladly help in those capacities. She also said that the rising members of the swim team are more than welcome to use her as a resource.
“Coach Collins and I aren’t going anywhere,” she said. “We’re still around. If we’re asked to help, I’m sure we will.”
Liner’s husband, Keith, is a member of the Aiken County School Board and her youngest son, Paul, just graduated from North Augusta High School. Her oldest son, C.J., plays golf at Charleston Southern University.
It’s not known at this time if North Augusta will go after two coaches or one to head the program. Aiken County currently allows for one stipend for a swim coach. Other schools around the county, such as Aiken and South Aiken, both have single head coaches.
There is no job listing on the Aiken County Public Schools website for a swim coach at the school.
The Yellow Jacket Invitational, which kicks off North Augusta’s swim season, is set for Aug. 23 at the Augusta Aquatic Center.
Scott Rodgers is the news editor at The North Augusta Star and has been with the paper since 2013. Follow him on Twitter @NAStarRodgers.