Conway officially removes ‘interim’ from Terry’s title

Carlton Terry dropped the “interim” from his title Monday, according to myhorrynews.

Terry was named Conway High School’s head football coach. The 49-year-old had served as the interim head coach last season after longtime coach Chuck Jordan was removed. He guided the Tigers to 10 wins and a region championship.

“I feel excited and humbled at the same time that I get an opportunity to lead our student-athletes going forward,” said Terry, a 1987 Conway High graduate. “It’s something I wanted to do. I have a love and fire for Conway High School and our community. I’m really excited for the opportunity to lead our young men.”

erry said he went through two rounds of interviews before getting the call from Conway High Principal Lee James Monday night.

“I’m 100 percent confident he’s the right guy for the job,” James said. “I’m personally excited for Carlton Terry. … He was an outstanding player and he’s an outstanding coach. He understands our system. He can build on the success we’ve already had.”

Terry grew up in Conway and began playing recreation league football in elementary school, always dreaming of one day being a star for his hometown Tigers.

He went on to become one of the best football players in Conway High history and played in the prestigious North-South All-star Game.

Terry started at tailback for four consecutive years at Western Carolina University, serving as a team captain during both his junior and senior campaigns. After graduating from WCU, Terry returned to his hometown and went to work.

He was a loan officer at Conway National Bank for 15 years while also coaching running backs at his alma mater under Jordan, his friend and former coach who led the Tigers from 1983 until last spring.

Terry eventually decided to change gears, switch careers and work full time at Conway High.

Terry served as Jordan’s offensive coordinator for four years before taking over the program last year. Before that, he worked with the secondary for three years.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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