After five successful seasons as Mauldin High School softball coach, Joseph Terry is leaving the Mavericks.
Terry, who was also a football assistant at Mauldin, will be a football and track assistant at Clinton High starting this fall.
“My wife’s whole family is from Clinton, and with us having a baby in May, we thought it would be good for us to get close to her family – for childcare and just to be around the family,” said Terry.
Terry coached the Mavericks to the softball playoffs in each of his five years, highlighted by winning the Class AAAA state championship in 2010.
“Coach Terry’s done a lot for this program and always kept it in a high-profile position,” said Mauldin athletic director Steve Frady. “We wish him the best and hope things go well for him there.”
Terry called leaving Mauldin a very difficult decision.
“We won over 100 games in five seasons and won the region four times,” said Terry. “It wasn’t a softball decision by any means, because if it was I’d stay forever (at Mauldin).
“It was a family decision, and that outweighs softball.”
Terry, who was born in Walhalla and went to high school at Myrtle Beach, is excited about being a football assistant at a tradition-rich program like Clinton. He also likes the small-town atmosphere.
“Clinton is a small school district. The likelihood of them having a (teaching) opening was pretty slim, but it just happened to work out,” said Terry. “When the Lord worked it out, then we knew it was the right thing to do.”
Terry’s departure continues a string of turnover this summer at Mauldin. Since the school year ended, the Mavericks have a new principal, new football coach, new girls basketball coach and new boys golf coach.
“It just happens to be one of those things. We’ve had years where we’ve had no changeover,” said Frady. “Everybody that left just happened to move on to different opportunities. I guess the stars were aligned a certain way.”