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When they strap on their helmets this summer, the Swansea Tigers will have a new leader at the helm.

The Lexington School District Four school board has approved the hiring of Greg Wright as both Sweansea High school head football coach and the district athletic director.

Wright replaces former head coach Chad Leaphart, who in February was hired as athletic director and head football coach at nearby Gilbert High School.

Wright may be a familiar face to many locals. He was a four-year letterman at the University of South Carolina. After redshirting his freshman year, Wright was a defensive back for the Gamecocks, playing under the legendary coach Lou Holtz.

Wright takes the Swansea job after having coached at Fairfield Central High School, where he helped orchestrate a 33-6 record during three seasons, and at Eau Claire High School in Columbia.

“We are excited about his passion for the success of our student-athletes, program and community, ” said Bryan Evans, principal at Swansea High School. “He embodies the characteristics that have been a Swansea tradition for years, bringing pride, class, courage and the will to win both on and off the field.”

As head coach and AD, Wright said, he envisions building a “program of champions.”

“I know that Swansea has a strong tradition of football champions under Doug Bennett and Robert Maddox, and I do not take that tradition for granted,” he said. “If you teach our student-athletes to pay attention to the details and do the little things right, then everything else will take care of itself.”

Wright joins the Swansea Tiger community with his wife, Kayla, and their 7-month-old son, Gregory Xavier.

Categories: Education, Local News, Sports

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