Hard to say goodbye
Ninety Six football coach explains how difficult it was to accept job at Laurens
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 12:00 AM
When Chris Liner was named head football coach at Ninety Six High School in March 2008, the program was embroiled in turmoil, coming off a disastrous 3-9 season in Brian Neal’s one and only season as coach.
Chris Liner coached Ninety Six's football team to a 43-27 during his tenure with the Wildcats and posted winning seasons in five of his six years.
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Liner spent the next six years slowly rebuilding the Wildcats’ program, working to instill a mentality of high class and hard work that transcended the football field.
The results — on and off the field — made the last two days difficult for Liner, who was approved Monday night and officially introduced Tuesday morning as the new coach at Laurens.
“It’s tremendously hard,” Liner said of the decision to leave Ninety Six. “I told our players (Tuesday) morning that it’s the toughest decision I’ve ever had to make, because of them and their parents and all those people that rally around you. Ninety Six is a special place, and it’s got a lot of special people, and we’ve been very blessed and fortunate to have had the opportunity for six years to develop relationships that I believe will never be broken.”
Liner went 43-27 during his tenure at Ninety Six, and posted winning seasons in five of his six years.
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