A Greenwood receiver leaps for the pass during the Eagles’ football practice Friday morning. (Maddy Jones | Index-Journal)
A Greenwood receiver leaps for the pass during the Eagles’ football practice Friday morning. (Maddy Jones | Index-Journal)
A steady downpour was coming down outside Greenwood High School’s field house when Eagles assistant Kevin Addis wore a hat.
But, what kind of hat?
“It’s a keep-my-head-from-getting-soaking-wet hat,” Addis replied, laughing.
Even with the rain, and even cool weather, the Eagles began practice under first-year coach Dan Pippin.
Pippin replaces 2012 Greenwood state championship coach Gene Cathcart, who is now Seneca’s coach. After Greenwood lost many starters from that 2012 squad, a youth-laden 2013 Eagles team finished 8-4 with a first-round, state-playoff loss.


Last year’s youth, though, appears to be a plus in experience this time as starting Eagles quarterback C.J. Jackson returns, as does receiver Mock Adams. On the defensive side, cornerback Kaleb Chalmers returns – and even signed his financial-aid agreement Friday with Clemson, where he will participate in spring practice with the Tigers.
And then, there is Pippin’s excitement about coaching a tradition-rich program such as Greenwood’s.
 “I didn’t sleep last night,” said Pippin, who was previously the coach at North Augusta. “I was just thinking of all the things, making sure everything was prepared. It’s kind of like Christmas Eve for an old guy.”

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