Doug Shaw is leaving Mauldin High to take over as athletic director and football coach at Palmetto.
Shaw, the Class AAAA Big 16 Upstate Coach of the Year when the Mavericks went 10-3 in 2009, compiled a record of 36-46 in seven years at Mauldin after stints at Carolina, North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach. He had served as assistant athletic director at Mauldin.
Shaw said he already lives near Palmetto, located in Williamston. His wife, Stacey, has taught in Palmetto’s Anderson School District One for 10 years, and his son, Luke, attends school in the district.
“Just like we always tell our kids to set goals for your season, your life and everything else, I’ve always had a goal of not only being a head football coach but being an athletic director as well,” Shaw said. “… On a different side, it was a family decision. It’s an opportunity for us to become even closer. It just seemed like the right fit.”
At Palmetto, a member of Western AAA Region, Shaw replaces Jody LeCroy, who resigned last month.
Mauldin, which is in the midst of spring practice, is being led by interim coach Lee Taylor until a permanent replacement is selected.
“We’ve got to sit down and figure out what we’re going to do,” Mauldin athletic director Steve Frady said. “We’ll figure it all out here pretty soon.”
Shaw’s immediate priorities at Palmetto, where spring practice has concluded, is to meet players, organize his staff and set up a summer weight-lifting program.
“I’m sure with the change there are going to be changes in the offense and defense,” Shaw said. “There are a lot of changes to be made, and we want to make those as smooth as possible, but we want to make them quick. I’m looking forward to getting going.”