By Justin Jarrett
Battery Creek didn’t have to look far to find its new football coach, as the Dolphins announced Friday that former Beaufort High assistant Terrance Ashe will take the reins next season.
Ashe came to the Lowco in 2019 to serve as the co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Beaufort High. His coaching career stretches back to 2012 and includes a six-year stint at River Bluff High School from 2013-18, during which he served in a variety of roles, including junior varsity head coach (2014), quarterbacks coach (2015), and offensive coordinator (2015-17). He also was the head track coach at Holy Spirit Prep in 2013 and head softball coach at River Bluff from 2015-18.
“When we look for coaches, we look for someone who is going to not just coach a team, but build a program,” Battery Creek AD Sarah Hayes said. “Coach Ashe is the right person because he has the leadership qualities to do just that. He has the drive and determination to take the Battery Creek football program to the next level.”
The Dolphins were close to turning the corner under Walter Wilson, who guided them to a 4-6 mark and a playoff spot in his first season in 2017 but couldn’t sustain the success. Battery Creek has not finished .500 since going 6-6 under Jim Shuman in 2012, which was also the last time the Dolphins won a playoff game.
With that said, the Dolphins’ nine wins over the past three seasons are their most in a three-year span since winning 11 from 2013-15.
Ashe said he recognizes the challenge ahead of him and is grateful for the opportunity to put his stamp on the program.
“The vision that our principal, Mr. Chad Cox, and our AD, Coach Sarah Hayes, have established for Battery Creek is one of excellence,” Ashe said. “I am excited and proud to be a Dolphin. Greatness is upon Creek Nation, and the Creek will rise!”
Ashe is a South Carolina native and was a football and baseball standout at Cheraw High School, where he graduated in 2005 before attending Clemson. He walked on to the football team and later earned a scholarship and contributed to the Tigers’ ACC division title in 2009. He is working to complete his master’s in sport management and will join the Social Studies department at Battery Creek.