Ridge View assistant to take over Class A football powerhouse program
After coming close on a few occasions, Stephen Burris will get a shot to be a head football coach.
The Ridge View assistant will be the new football coach at Lamar High School in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. Burris replaces Josh Pierce, who left to take the job at Conway High School.
The hire was approved at Monday’s Darlington County school board meeting.
This is Burris’ first head coaching job after 16 years as an assistant. He was previously a finalist for jobs at Conway, North Myrtle Beach, Airport and Aiken.
“I’ve been blessed to be coached by and work for great men,” Burris said. “My family and I are extremely excited to join a community that values what quality football brings to the table. We look forward to adding to the great tradition that is Lamar football and Lamar High School.”
Lamar has been a Class A powerhouse for the past three decades, winning five state championships since 2002 — including three straight from 2002-04. Since 1995, Lamar has won at least eight games in a season all but two times, one of those being during the COVID-shortened 2020 season.
“Lamar checks the boxes of everything any coach would be lucky to walk into. (It’s a) dream for a first time head coach,” Burris said. “They have a foundation that a lot of Class 4A and 5A schools would love to have.”
Burris has been the offensive coordinator at Ridge View the past two seasons. The Blazers averaged 387 yards of offense per game this year and 350 yards per contest in 2021.
Before Ridge View, Burris was an assistant coach at Conway and Socastee High schools in Horry County and then at York High School. He also was at Norwich Free Academy in Connecticut from 2017-20 before returning to South Carolina.
Lamar is coming off a 9-4 season, losing to state runner-up Johnsonville in the third round of the playoffs.
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