After record season, Hardin leaving NMB for River Bluff

Blair HardinAfter posting the best season in the history of North Myrtle Beach High football, head coach Blair Hardin is going out on top, Grand Strand Sports Report has learned.

Hardin sent a text message to his players Tuesday to inform them that he has accepted the head coaching job and athletics director position at River Bluff High in Columbia. He apologized for not telling them in person, citing the birth of he and wife Erica’s baby daughter being delivered on the same day.

“Blair has done an outstanding job with the continuation of the development of our football program the last three years, and NMBHS wishes him all the best in this new position,” said athletics director Joe Quigley. “… NMBHS will begin the search for their new coach after the Christmas holidays.  We will hire another good coach as we continue to build our program.”

Hardin led the Chiefs to an 11-2 record and the third round of the Class 4A playoffs – both among many firsts and bests for the North Myrtle Beach program. His third season was also a personal breakthrough after going 4-7 and 5-6 in his first two years at the helm.

Perhaps more impressive than the Chiefs’ Region 7-4A championship and playoff run were the way they did it. Hardin suspended three of his top players on the opening day of the playoffs. His inexperienced team played surprisingly strong under the circumstances, winning their first two games.

Hardin will replace former Coastal Carolina University football coach David Bennett following his 1-9 campaign. Bennett will move up to an athletic administrative position with the Lexington County School District.

Photo Credit: Louis Keiner and Lesley Etherson

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