BOILING SPRINGS, S.C. (WSPA) – After 34 years of teaching and coaching, Boiling Springs Head Football Coach Rick Tate announced his retirement on Friday.
Tate met with his players and coaching staff Friday morning to make the announcement.
Below is a press release from Spartanburg School District 2:
“It’s been a good journey.”
That is how Boiling Springs High School Football Head Coach Rick Tate sums up his 34 years of being an educator and coach in the community he’s always called home.
“This has not been a job, it’s been my life,” Tate said.
After graduating from Boiling Springs High School in 1981, Tate headed off to college. Soon after graduation, he was back on the BSHS campus, hired on as a volunteer football coach in 1985. He has been teaching and coaching [there] ever since.
“It’s the people,” said Tate about what he loves most about being a coach.
For nearly a decade, Tate has led the BSHS Football Program. His tenure included a first for the Bulldogs, a trip to the state championship game in 2016.
“We knew there was something special about that group,” said Tate. “They were tight-knit beginning in middle school. They were always together…It seemed like the ball bounced our way all season. We worked our way into a lot of good luck that year.”
The current Bulldog Stadium opened in 1982. In the 39 years since, Tate estimates there have only been about 20 games played there where he was not coaching from the sidelines.
While he is stepping away from Boiling Springs High School at the end of the school year, Tate said he is will never stop being a Bulldog and is excited about what the future holds.
“It will explode,” Tate said of the program. “With the backing we have and our facilities, we will attract people, players, coaches, and families. It will be exciting to watch.”
In retirement, Tate said he plans to stay busy, but is looking forward to fishing, golfing, and most of all spending time with his wife Susan, a 1982 BSHS graduate.
“It will be nice to have more time to do things together.”