May 24, 2014

Former Southeast head coach taking over at Greenville HS

Chris Whitfield

— Former Southeast Whitfield High School head football coach David Crane is going back home.

Crane, who for the past two seasons has been the Northwest Whitfield offensive coordinator under head coach Josh Robinson, was announced earlier this week as the new head coach at Greenville High School in South Carolina. Crane and his wife Elizabeth are both natives of Seneca, S.C., and David Crane was offensive coordinator at Greenville in 2005 and 2006 under coach Jim Sosebee.

“It really is a place to go home,” Crane said Friday night. “It is a place we have been before, and both Elizabeth and I are from the area. We are excited to be going back.”

 Before going to Northwest Whitfield in 2012, Crane was the head coach at Southeast for four seasons.

Crane’s record with the Raiders was 8-32 with two wins taken away from the team in 2011 for using an ineligible player. The 2009 Raiders were 5-5, completing the school’s first non-losing football season since 1992.

According to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association website, the school has an overall football record of 111-259-1 for a winning percentage of just 30 percent. In the 10 previous seasons before Crane’s arrival, Southeast football teams won 15 games.

His wife was the school’s girls basketball coach before both of them were relieved of their coaching duties at Southeast.

“Probably more than anything that I will take away from working at both Southeast and Northwest is an appreciation for the kids I have been around,” Crane said. “Regardless of their background or their position or their ability level, all of these kids have worked so hard. In six years I can’t remember a single serious discipline issue that we had to deal with, and the character of the kids in this area is what I will take with me.”

Crane takes over for Phil Magdic, who resigned near the end of April, according to reports on Crane said the fact that Magdic resigned — he left to take a coordinator position at Byrnes (S.C.) High School — so late in the school year probably helped him get his new head coaching opportunity.

“It fell into place,” Crane said. “It happened late, obviously, but at the same time, I had some relationships with some people over there already and that helped. The timing may have worked in my favor. If this had been January or February, there might have been a lot more people available. We are just happy it all worked out.”

Crane was an assistant at Presbyterian College in 2007 before coming to Whitfield County in 2008.

Greenville was 41-20 and made the playoffs in five straight seasons under Magdic.