LAURENS, S.C. (WSPA) — Dale Nelson has resigned as the Raiders’ head baseball coach.
Laurens County School District 55 (LCSD 55) officials said Coach Nelson resigned Thursday morning for personal reasons.
Nelson will continue teaching.
“We are sorry to lose a long-standing member of our coaching family. We do, however, support his decision to shift the current priorities in his life and he will continue to be a valuable member of the LCSD 55 family,” District Athletic Director Ed Murray said in a statement.
Nelson has worked with the LDHS baseball program for more than 20 years as a player, assistant coach, and head coach. He is a well-respected member of the baseball coaching community and his passion for and knowledge of the game will be missed.
Murray and LDHS Athletic Director Mark Freeze will immediately start searching for Nelson’s replacement.
An assistant coach will serve as interim coach to ensure the continuity of the program as it approaches the spring sports season, school officials said. Both Murray and Freeze indicated they expect to name a coach for the 2017 season early in January 2017.
LDHS and LCSD 55 serve the communities of Laurens, Waterloo, Gray Court, Hickory Tavern and their surrounding residents in the western half of Laurens County.