When the Clover High School Blue Eagles football team moved to Class AAAA in 2006, some worried that the transition would hurt the team. But with Jet Turner as coach, the worries were needless.
In 2006, the first in Class AAAA, the team won the Region 3-AAAA title with a 6-0 record, going 11-2 overall. This past season, Clover won the Class AAAA Division II state championship.
Last week, however, Turner announced that he would leave Clover to take the head coaching job at a private school, Orangeburg Prep. He explained that the move would allow his wife to stay home with their three young daughters.
Nonetheless, Turner said, it was one of the most difficult decisions he has ever made. We suspect that players and staff had a hard time getting the news.
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The Blue Eagles had a dream season last year. The team's winning ways were infectious, with the entire community getting caught up in the excitement. When the Blue Eagles went to Williams-Brice Stadium for the championship game against Beaufort, most Clover residents went with them.
Turner was 40-20 at Clover, and 24-4 over the last two seasons. His leadership clearly was a big factor in the team's success. Though we join the community in lamenting his leaving, we wish him well in Orangeburg.