The Liberty County School System formally recognized and accepted Adam Carter’s resignation as Bradwell head football coach Tuesday night.
The first-year coach tendered his resignation last week, opting to leave Bradwell to become the defensive coordinator at Reinhardt University. Carter’s last day at BI was Wednesday.
“I am very blessed to have an opportunity to pursue a dream of coaching at the collegiate level, and my experiences here at BI will help me as I continue this pursuit,” Carter said in an email to the Coastal Courier. “Thank you again to the family at Bradwell Institute. To my players, you will always have a special place in my heart, and I thank you more than you know.”
LCSS Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services Jason Rogers said a job announcement will be posted this week and likely would close by the end of the month.
“Any interested individual is able to apply,” Rogers said. “The job will be posted internally, as well as across the state on TeachGeorgia.com. I anticipate a high level of interest in this position and attribute that excitement and interest to numerous candidates seeking an opportunity to work at a phenomenal school alongside some of the greatest educators in this state, as well as the chance to work within a top-notch district.”
BI Principal Scott Carrier said he already has received and is reviewing a few applications.
“Our goal is to hire a coach who will do an outstanding job both in the classroom and on the football field,” Carter added. “We will recommend the individual who we feel will do the best job of inspiring our young men to do their best both academically and on the playing field.”
Rogers said since Carter resigned voluntarily, he would only be compensated for the actual days worked under the contract.
“Just as it would for any other employee that asked to leave before fulfilling all of the aspects of their contract,” Rogers said. Carter arrived at Bradwell last April looking to turn around a Tiger football team that had three straight losing seasons under former long-time coach Jim Walsh. Coming from powerhouse Camden County, the former Wildcats assistant coach was welcomed by the community, school administration and players.
Carter’s arrival re-invigorated what some called a stagnant program. Last season, the Tigers posted a 4-6 record, their second-best since 2009.
Carter earned his first win as the Tigers’ coach on his birthday in September, when the Tigers beat Savannah High, 34-28, on Olvey Field.
Carrier said the school appreciates the time and effort Carter put into the program.
“He did a very good job of instilling a sense of pride and discipline into the team,” Carrier said. “His players were positive role models for the entire student body. He made them understand the importance of working hard and never giving up.”
Carter said he appreciated the support he received during his time at Bradwell.
“I would like to thank the Bradwell Institute family for the opportunity to be your head football coach,” Carter said. “The support that I have from Mr. Carrier, the players, the parents, the booster club and the community has been overwhelming. From the time I walked in the door, my players and coaches completely bought into changing Bradwell Institute football. We were able to raise the expectations both on the field and in the classroom.”