Bluffton High School has a new athletic director, and principal Denise Garison didn’t have to look far to find him.
Cody Slaughter has been promoted from his assistant AD post to replace Reggie Fields, who is leaving to take an assistant principal position at Cape Fear High School in Fayetteville N.C., after one year at Bluffton.
“Coach Slaughter has done a terrific job this year as our assistant athletic director, and I’m confident that he’s ready to take the next step,” Garison said in a release. “He already has good working relationships with our coaches and good rapport with our teachers and staff.”
In addition to his administrative role as assistant AD, Slaughter has previously served as Bluffton High’s head varsity wrestling coach, assistant football coach and testing coordinator.
“It’s really an honor to be selected,” Slaughter said in the release. “I’ve enjoyed working with our student-athletes and coaches and school staff, and those relationships will be important going forward. My goal will be to build upon the tradition of athletic excellence established by my predecessors.”
Slaughter is the third AD in school history – and the third in three years. Fields replaced longtime AD Dave Adams last July. Although his tenure was short, Garison said that Fields will be missed.
“Mr. Fields’ departure is a great loss, both to the school and to me personally,” she said. “He helped to promote our vision for the school, instill high expectations and support all stakeholders. His loyalty, integrity and school spirit made him an valuable member of Bobcat Nation.”
Fields said that it had been “an honor and a privilege” to serve as Bluffton High’s athletic director.
“I’ve met so many wonderful educators, coaches, students and families,” he said in the release. “But due to family circumstances, I feel that it is in the best interest of my family to return to North Carolina. I will always fondly remember my time as a member of Bobcat Nation.”