Livesay Steps Down As BA Hoops Coach

Beaufort Academy is searching for a new varsity boys basketball coach after Nathan Livesay resigned from the position last week.

Livesay led the Eagles for the past two seasons following a three-year stint as the head coach at Beaufort High School. While he hasn’t determined his next step, Livesay wears numerous hats in the private sector and said the time was right to consider other opportunities.

“When Neal (McCarty) offered me the position and when Nick (Field) came on board, I’ve always let them know it was on a year-by-year basis,” Livesay said. “I’m grateful for my time at BA and I wish them nothing but the best.  I’m particularly thankful for the support and leadership of Dr. Dan Durbin and the supportive relationship I enjoyed with athletic directors Neal McCarty and Nick Field.”  

Livesay took over the BA program in 2017 when longtime coach Chip Dinkins stepped down due to unexpected health issues. After going 6-13 in his first campaign, Livesay led the Eagles to a 13-11 mark last season and came within one possession of reaching the SCISA 1A state semifinals. 

“Livesay brought an incredible level of knowledge and experience to the position,” Field said. “His understanding of the game and his track record with sending kids to college is unmatched in Beaufort County. I wish nothing but the best for Nate and his family, and I am excited to see what he does next.”

The Eagles’ next coach will inherit a team that returns 11 players, including all-state player Dawson Coleman, who scored his 1000th career point during the playoffs last season.   

“The program is on solid ground,” Livesay said. “They will return 11 players from this year’s team that doubled its win total and advanced to the state quarterfinals. I expect them to continue that trend and be a contender for the 1A state title next year.” 

BA is the fifth area high school to see a change atop its varsity boys basketball program this offseason. Battery Creek, Beaufort High, Hilton Head High, and Hilton Head Christian Academy also will have new coaches next season.

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