Still steps down as athletic director but stays on as head football coach

The new year brought in more than a change of calendars for Barnwell High School athletics.

Joey Still, the head varsity football coach and athletic director over the school, resigned at the end of December from the director position.

Roy Sapough, the Barnwell 45 school district superintendent, said Still submitted a letter of resignation from that position to the district in late December.

Rosey Anderson, the assistant athletic director, has filled the vacancy.

Still has been the head football coach and athletic director concurrently for the past four years, he said.

"I wanted to focus more on football and on my family," he said of relinquishing the director's position. "Football has become pretty much a full-time position."

Still also said he resigned for "in-house reasons," but would not elaborate on what they were.

"Evidently I didn't see eye-to-eye with some people," he said.

Football is the only sport Still coaches. He is also a science and biology teacher at the high school. Still has been teaching for nine years and has a bachelor's degree, he said.

Still's father, Jeff Still, is on the Barnwell 45 school board.

Still said he plans to return as the head varsity football coach, although he admits to looking elsewhere.

"I've explored my options," he said. "I would want to stay on as head football coach."

The athletic director position mainly oversees the athletic programs at the high school, but coordinates with the coaches and administrators with the other schools in the district, Sapough said.

"It's a high school job, not a system-wide job, although the athletic programs at the other schools are feeder programs (to the high school)," he said.

"It (the athletic director position) is funded as a high school slot but there are certain expectations about that person that they coordinate with the middle school," Sapough said.

Several weeks after Still's resignation, a report by the Myrtle Beach newspaper, The Sun News, listed the salaries of all but three of South Carolina's high school football coaches. The list named 191 coaches statewide. Still came in at 179; David Berry of Blackville-Hilda High was 69th and Dwayne Garrick with Williston-Elko High came in at 95th.

Both Sapough and Still noted that the data did not break out other factors that determine salary, such as the years the coaches have been at their jobs or the education levels of the individual coaches, which can affect salary ranges.

Sapough said the information was "old data" that didn't assess what the coaches' duties for which they were being paid.

South Carolina high school faculty that take on a coaching position are paid athletic supplements for working beyond the normal 190 days that a teacher works in instruction.

As athletic director, Still received a $8,500 supplement for working an additional 15 days and another $4,500 supplement for working another 15 days, he said.

"It kind of shocked me," Still said of the report. "I didn't realize high school coaches are making as much as some principals and administrators."

Still said he hopes the report would increase funding for his coaching position as well as others in his bracket.

"Hopefully it will benefit these guys on the lower levels," he said.

This year, the Barnwell Warhorses finished their regular season Oct. 31 as region runners-up with a 7-5 season overall, Still said.