When the job of Wade Hampton High School’s girls basketball coach came open on the last day of school, athletic director Darryl Nance was worried about getting a good replacement at such a late date.
On Tuesday, Wade Hampton introduced Eric Burrow, an assistant with the women’s program at Presbyterian College the past four years, as its new coach.
“It’s just another thing that has gone right for Wade Hampton High School,” Nance said.
Burrow replaces Dave Linderman, who has moved into administration as an assistant principal after leading the Generals to the Class AAA state championship game in March.
Burrow, 35 and a native of Bowersville, Ga., played at PC from 1995-1999. He also has served at Lexington High School as boys junior varsity coach, Monroe Area (Ga.) High School as boys head coach and Grayson (Ga.) High School as girls head coach.
Burrow and his wife, Becky, have a 4-year-old son, Jeb, and he said he looks forward to “some stability.” Had he remained at PC, he would have been on the road 20 of 31 days in July.
“I actually would have left Thursday morning to go recruiting,” he said, “so my wife is very happy I don’t have to do that.”
Linderman built the team into a state contender in his five seasons. The Generals went 27-2 this past season.
“Coach Linderman has built an excellent foundation,” Burrow said. “I think the sky’s the limit for them.”
Wade Hampton principal Lance Radford said Burrow, who will teach social studies, “was a home run from the moment he set foot in the office.”
“We wanted to hire the best teacher and best coach for our students, and I feel like we got that person,” Radford said.
“As much as we have done academically and athletically here in the last couple years, I think it just forwards the momentum of what we’ve got going on,” said Nance. “He was willing to give up a Division I college job for his family, and he picked us.”