ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Chris Carter has been hired to take the reins as head football coach and athletics director at Edisto High School.
Carter, an Orangeburg-Wilkinson alum, takes over a Cougars program that has lost 22 straight games over the last three seasons.
For as long as Carter has been coaching, he's welcomed the challenges that were set in his path.
Carter arrived at Garinger High in Charlotte, N.C, where the football team had a losing streak that spanned five years. Within a short span of time, he turned that program around. At Lake Marion, the Gators had not earned a playoff berth in the school's brief history before Carter got there. After taking the job in Santee, Carter produced talents like Clemson standout wide receiver Mike Williams and current Liberty cornerback Chris Turner while getting the Gators into the playoffs.
In seven years, the Gators were able to host their first playoff games and make their first Lower State title game appearance under Carter.
Now, Carter looks to take a program back to the postseason for the first time since 2013 under longtime head coach Andy Palmer.
"I think it's just exciting," Carter said about the challenges he's faced as a head coach. "Also, I like to see things come back to life. I like to see things grow. Now doing it…I enjoy what I call the process. That's exactly what I call it. I understand now that it's not really focusing on the wins but just enjoying the process and I'm getting to the level where you do get those wins. It's a thrill for me."
When the 2016 season begins, Carter will become the fourth head coach to roam the sidelines for Edisto in as many years and he hopes to bring some stability to that program.
"I can identify with that," Carter recalled. "In college, we had the same thing. I had three coaches in four years. So, when kids have to learn a new system every year, they have to learn a new coach. I mean, it's tough. It's really hard for a program to grow."
Although Carter says he's looking forward to the challenge of helping the Cougars football team return to the playoffs, he's also looking forward to the challenge of helping all of Edisto's teams be contenders in Class 2-A.
"One thing I like about it is I have an opportunity to work with coaches and help them get those guys more notoriety and more publicity," Carter said. "I think I could help in that end. That's the thing I'm excited about. Also, just building the athletic program that people want their kids to be a part of. They want to be a part of it and join it."
Carter replaces interim head coach Michael Sneed after the Cougars finished 0-10 last year.