Gilbert, Lugoff-Elgin fill football head coaching vacancies. Here’s the latest

The final two Midlands high school football open coaching jobs are filled

Gilbert is promoting assistant coach Ozzie Exume to be its next football coach, while Lewisville’s Leon Boulware will be the new Lugoff-Elgin head coach and athletic director.

Both moves are expected were approved at Tuesday school board meetings. Gilbert will be holding a press conference on Wednesday to introduce Exume.

Exume, who played at Newberry College, has been Gilbert’s offensive line coach since 2016 and also been the school’s basketball coach. He will no longer coach basketball once he makes the move to lead football.

Exume will be the first Black head football coach at a Lexington 1 high school. He replaces Chad Leaphart, who stepped down in December after eight seasons to become Lexington 1’s district athletic director.

Leaphart went 78-18 overall, breaking Marty Woolbright’s school record for 68 wins. Woolbright was Leaphart’s high school head coach at Gilbert. Under Leaphart, the Indians won four region titles and 10 or more games in a season five times, including this year’s 11-2 record and trip to the Class 3A Lower State semifinals before they lost to Camden, 35-28.

“He has been a tremendous part of our success,” Leaphart said of Exume. “He has done a great job with that group. Kids love him and will run through a wall for him. He has got that personality about him and he is a rising star in this business.”

In addition to Exume, Nicole Amick has been named the school’s athletic director. She has been the AD at Gilbert Middle School and also Gilbert High’s boys golf coach.

Amick, a Gilbert alum and former athlete, will be the first woman to be an athletic director for a Lexington 1 high school.

Gilbert will be moving up from Class 3A to Class 4A next season and be in the region with Airport, Brookland-Cayce, Gray Collegiate, Aiken, South Aiken, Midland Valley and North Augusta.

Gilbert also is the first Lexington 1 high school to split its athletic director and football coach duties. Other district high schools have two years to do the same, following the end of the 2023-24 school year.

River Bluff will be the next to make the change and will begin interviews for athletic director this week. Blair Hardin will remain the Gators’ head football coach.

Lugoff-Elgin’s new football coach

Leon Boulware replaces Matt Campbell, who resigned in December to take a job with the Kershaw County School District where he’ll deal with athletics and truancy, among other things.

Boulware led Lewisville High to back-to-back 10-plus win seasons in his two years as head coach. The Lions went 21-4 in two seasons and made it to the Class A quarterfinals in 2022.

Before Lewisville, Boulware was a successful wrestling coach with stops at Nation Ford, Indian Land, Northwestern and North Myrtle Beach. He led Indian Land to back-to-back state championships in 2019-20.

Lugoff-Elgin also will be making the move up from Class 4A to Class 5A with the next realignment and will be in a region with Blythewood, Ridge View, Spring Valley, Sumter, Westwood and West Florence.

Lugoff-Elgin went 2-9 this season and lost in the first round of the playoffs to South Florence. The Demons’ last winning season came in 2017 when they went 7-5 and made it to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

SC High School Football openings

School — Former Coach — New Coach

Bishop England — John Cantey — TBA

Chesnee — Clay Lewis — TBA

Fort Dorchester — Josh Smith (interim) — Shaun Lorenzano

Gaffney — Dan Jones — TBA (Jones retiring at end of 2024 season)

Gilbert — Chad Leaphart — Ozzie Exume

Gray Collegiate — Adam Holmes — De’Angelo Bryant

Great Falls — Brian Kane — Syvelle Newton

Greenville — Greg Porter — Jaybo Shaw

Heathwood Hall — Rick Reetz — Tymere Zimmerman

Hilton Head Prep — Dustin Etheridge — Doug McFadden

Laurens — Darryl Smith — Greg Porter

Lewisville — Leon Boulware — TBA

Lugoff-Elgin — Matt Campbell — Leon Boulware

Marlboro County — Quinn McCollum — TBA

Rock Hill — Bubba Pittman — TBA

Stall — Benjamin Lailson — Ken Freeman

Scott’s Branch — Randall State — Patrick Fleming

Silver Bluff — De’Angelo Bryant — TBA

St. John’s — Mike Howard — TBA

Swansea — Brent Wilder — Willie Fox

Union County — Brian Thompson — Quinnon Isom

Wade Hampton — Travis Miller — TBA

Wagener-Salley — Willie Fox — TBA

Wando — Rocco Adrian — Isaiah Perrin

Wilson — Rodney Mooney — Glenwood Ferebee

Coach Leon Boulware is in his first season coaching the Lewisville Lions.
Coach Leon Boulware is in his first season coaching the Lewisville Lions.