After hiring a new baseball coach over the summer, Augusta Christian is in the market for a new one next year after the current coach quit.
In his first year at the helm of the Lions program, Tom Abdo led the Lions to an 8-10 record, but abruptly resigned April 5, just before the beginning of spring break. He is not remaining at the school in any capacity.
His other duties were teaching and coaching the middle school’s football team.
The Lions brought in Abdo in August. He previously coached at Atlantic High School in Port Orange, Fla., from 2001-04, and from 2008-11, and replaced Jack Hook, who stepped down as coach to focus on his duties as math department head.
Abdo’s resignation “was for personal reasons,” said Augusta Christian athletic director Marty Griffin. “We’re going to complete the remainder of the season with our assistant coaches.”
Assistant coach Steve White will assume the mantle as interim head coach and Mark Guilfoyle will be his assistant.
White is in his third season with the varsity while Guilfoyle is in his first, but second at the school. The switch occurred at a time when the Lions are still in the hunt for a berth in the South Carolina Independent School Association state playoffs, but White feels the transition will be a smooth one.
“We know the guys,” White said. “If we can win both upcoming region games we’ll be solidified for state.”
A meeting for parents and players was scheduled for Monday night with the administration.