Coach Richards set to guide BA football program

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New head coach Scott Richards is set to guide the Beaufort Academy football program.

A former North Augusta High School quarterback and East Carolina University tight end, Richards will guide the Eagles after taking over for former head coach Brock Vaigneur, who left earlier in the spring to pursue other teaching opportunities.

As a prep player, Richards helped to lead North Augusta High School to the 1989 state championship.

In college, Richards made the move from quarterback to tight end and flourished for the tradition-rich East Carolina University football program.

Richards went undrafted out of college but signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as a free agent. The talented Richards also played for the Baltimore Ravens. The new Beaufort Academy head coach concluded his football playing career in NFL Europe.

Since his football playing career ended, Richards has spent the past 10 years in Beaufort, working as a manager for a construction company.

Beaufort Academy’s 2014 football schedule will feature games versus King Academy, Faith Christian, Henry Academy, Ridge Christian Academy, Cathedral Academy, Charleston Collegiate, St. John’s Christian Academy, Coastal Christian Prep, Andrew Jackson Academy and James Island Christian.

Beaufort Academy will open the 2014 season at King Academy in Batesburg on Friday, Aug. 29. Kickoff for the game is set for 7:30 p.m.