Friday, June 27, 2014
Former North Augusta varsity baseball coach Vic Radcliff didn’t take long to find work after being ousted from the Jackets’ helm, as he was recently hired for the same post at Wardlaw Academy.
The new position at the Johnston private school came as something of a surprise to Radcliff, who had been putting feelers out to potential opportunities. He was even discussing the possibility of assisting a former rival, South Aiken head coach Bob Polewski.
“It was kind of unexpected, to be honest, because I was talking to Coach Polewski over at South Aiken about possibly helping him out this upcoming year,” he said, adding that he received a call from Wardlaw headmaster Stan Whitlock asking to meet regarding the opening. “So I went over and had a meeting with him and some of the directors of the school.”
While there, Radcliff learned the details about the school’s athletic department and faith-based curriculum. He was intrigued by the chance to work as a head coach again, this time without the intense competition of the public school system’s largest classification.
Still, he wanted “time to think” about jumping back into coaching so soon after his removal at North Augusta.
“I began to get in my closet and have my quiet time and asking the lord what he would have me to do,” Radcliff said.
The answer Radcliff came to was a positive one for the school, as he decided to embrace the “fresh start” with the Patriots.
Radcliff, who was the head coach at North Augusta for nine years, led the Jackets to a 10-7 record overall and a 3-7 mark in Region 5-AAAA during the 2014 season. With the Patriots, he said his plan will be to start with the basic elements of baseball and work up from there.
“I haven’t met the kids or anything yet,” he said. “My biggest thing is just to teach fundamental baseball ... what it all boils down to.”