Thanks to our friend Jimmie Coggins from WKDK in Newberry for passing along the following note:
Newberry High School head football Coach Sam Baird has announced he is retiring.The Clover native and Newberry College graduate came to Newberry in 1978 and became head coach in 1989.
During his Twenty-one years as head coach, the Bulldogs won 161 games while losing 88. They had undefeated regular seasons in both 1993 and 2001.
Eight of his teams won region championships(1993,1995,1997,1998,2001,2002,2004,and 2006) Sixteen of his teams made the playoffs including the 1998 and 2001 teams which played for the AAA lower state championship while the 2006 team won the upper state AA championship.
Baird was an assistant coach on the 2000 North/South All-Star Game while he was a South Carolina assistant coach in the 2006 Shrine Bowl game.