WHHS to lose head coach, AD
Wade Hampton High School’s current Athletic Director/Head Football Coach Matthew Fligg announced he will be leaving the district to take care of his elderly mother.
After only two years at Wade Hampton High School, Athletics Director Matthew Fligg has announced he will be leaving the district at the end of the school year to be near his mother, outside of Atlanta, Georgia.
The second-year head football coach/athletics director has accepted a position at Social Circle High School, in Walton County, GA, as an offensive coordinator working alongside coaches he has worked with throughout his career and knows well. Pained he must leave the community after a short stay, Fligg feels fortunate to have landed a job close to his hometown and his mother.
“Every family battles through tough times, and at a certain age in your life you’re needed to take care of the people who took care of you,” said Fligg. “I am now going to take care of family and my wonderful mother.”
Although deeply saddened by his untimely departure, family health concerns take precedent over career decisions, said the head coach. He stated he is disappointed to leave Hampton County after being welcomed with open arms and making lifelong friends within the community.
“I feel like we did make some gains. We put the football program on the map,” he said. “But more importantly, you can look at our programs; our boys basketball team had a fantastic year, our soccer teams are always good and with the hiring of Joel Vaughn as head baseball coach, our baseball program has turned around drastically. And Coach Heirs has come in her and she has really made the softball team a successful team as we are[ currently] in second place in the region. Coach Hanna, both Hanna's, do a great job in track. That’s something I’m very proud of. Not just football, but every sport,” said the departing athletic director.
According to Fligg, it is the community here that is the driving force behind high school athletics.
“It is the people that make it work,” he said. “The community involvement has been great here.” He went on to say that the community involvement in Hampton County played a major role in the building of a successful sports program within Hampton District One.
He had made plans to come to the district for a period of five years and build a strong athletics program. Although he will not remain for his five-year goal, he did play a major role in the rejuvenation of WHHS athletic programs.
“The hardest thing is not completing the goal that I had. I wanted to stay here at least five years and see how far we could go. That’s what hurts me the most, not wanting to leave,” said Fligg. “But surely I’m happy in being able to help my mother and my family.”