HSFB: Richards Steps Down As BA Football Coach

Beaufort Academy is in the market for a new football coach.

The school announced Wednesday that Scott Richards will step down after four seasons during which he led the Eagles to a 15-24 record, including arguably the best season in the program’s brief history this past fall. BA finished 5-6, qualified for the SCISA 8-Man I playoffs for the second consecutive year, and earned the first postseason win in program history.

Athletic director Neal McCarty called it a mutual decision based largely on Richards’ work schedule.

“Coach Richards and I both came on board at the same time,” McCarty said in a release. “it’s been a pleasure working with coach and I truly appreciate everything he has done for our school and football program. I have a feeling that he will still be involved in some capacity.”

The school will immediately begin the process of searching for a new coach, and it might not have to look far. One possible candidate is former Beaufort High School coach Mark Clifford, who stepped down in November after going 109-59 in 14 seasons with the Eagles.

At the time, Clifford said he would like to coach again if the right opportunity came along. Clifford was hired at Beaufort High by then-principal Dan Durbin, who is the headmaster at Beaufort Academy.

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