FORT MILL — Fort Mill High head cross-country and girls’ track coach Marc Pyrc resigned recently to take a job within the Clover School District.
Pyrc, who coached the Jackets’ cross-country team for the past six seasons and the girls’ track team last season, will be an assistant principal at Kinard Elementary School. He also is leaving his job as a sixth-grade teacher at Gold Hill Middle.
“The opportunity presented itself and I couldn’t pass on it,” he said. “It’s a huge step in the right direction for me.”
Pyrc made the move official the day before the recent Midnight Mile event, which is held by cross-country alumni to raise money for the team, and has continued to help with the team until a replacement can be found.
“He said he will do what he can until we can get someone in his place,” Fort Mill Athletic Director Dwayne Hartsoe said.
Hartsoe said the search is on for both a cross-country coach and a girls’ track coach, but that his priority is to get a cross-country coach as soon as possible.
“We are searching right now,” he said.
Pyrc said the decision to leave wasn’t an easy one for him. During his time as head coach in Fort Mill, two of his runners – Mark Blackmon (2007-2009) and Meredith Kilburn 2011) – won individual state titles and he took the girls’ program to the team state championship in 2010, the first in a girls’ sanctioned sport in Fort Mill High history.
“The team has been my baby,” Pyrc said. “It is a family and everybody rallies around each other. It will be difficult to hand it off to someone.”
Pyrc said what he’ll miss most is the relationships he has with the athletes.
“It is a unique sport that everybody is so close and supportive,” he said. “When you got a good dedicated team, guys will run fast. I am very appreciative they let me be a part of it.”
Hartsoe said the cross-country and track coach won’t necessarily be the same person, once the position is filled.
“We would like to do that, but that isn’t a necessity,” Hartsoe said. “It would be great if we had one that would do that.”
The Fort Mill cross-country season is scheduled to start Sept. 3.