Dave Prescott, York Comprehensive High School’s resource officer and girls’ soccer coach for six years, has resigned to become a resource officer at Nation Ford High School.
“I have been offered the opportunity to take over as resource officer in the Fort Mill school district,” Prescott said. He said he will resign from the York County Sheriff’s Department as of June 21.
Prescott said he will be working for the Fort Mill Police Department as a Nation Ford resource officer. “I love the sheriff’s office,” said Prescott. “They supported me for 14 years and gave me every opportunity to help my career.
Prescott said he talked to York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant about his preference to remain a resource officer. “He knows this is what I was meant to do,” Prescott said. “It’s the best job I’ve ever had and the most worthwhile.”
YCHS Principal Christopher Black praised Prescott’s concern for the students.
“Dave made a lot of great relationships and formed a very good bond with students and staff, and also parents in our school district,” said Black. “We are very appreciative of how much he cared about our students and this school.”
Black said the students knew where they stood with Prescott.
“Dave would hold them accountable, but he would also listen to them and would get to know them,” said Black. “That’s one thing that is good about a resource officer at a school.
“They know the back stories, so the students don’t catch them off guard,” Black said. “They already have a good idea of what might be happening. Dave was good at that.”
YCHS athletic director Steve Boyd spoke in glowing terms of Prescott’s commitment to young people.
“Dave was very open to the kids as coach and resource officer,” he said. “They responded well to him. He was always talking to them and kidding around with them at lunch time. He got to know the kids and they got to know him. They built a trust factor with him and I think that’s very important.”
Added Boyd: “Dave also had a special bond with members of the girls’ soccer team. The kids love Dave Prescott and we’re going to miss him greatly.”
Prescott, who began playing soccer at 5, has a solid background in the sport. “I played high school soccer, played in the military and played in Germany,” he said. “I played in all kinds of leagues, including indoor.”
Prescott coached soccer stalwarts Devin Puckett, Lena Patrick and Caroline Guerry at YCHS.
“Devin, who played at Winthrop and is ready to graduate, had the most goals and assists in York soccer history,” said Prescott. “She’s No. 7 in the state all-time in career goals with 127.
“Patrick is at Coker and Caroline is actually at Clemson now.”
Prescott is aware of the challenges of Region 3-AAAA soccer.
“Every team except Gaffney has a roster of club soccer participants,” he said. “You won’t make the team unless you play at the club level.”
While the Lady Cougars had only two club players at the varsity and junior varsity level, Prescott says there’s more to soccer than wins and losses.
“Our girls are more genuine,” he said. “They have the heart and the desire to get better. Some of them had never touched a soccer ball in their life.”
Prescott, who prides himself in molding lives, believes in today’s young people.
“Some people say today’s youngsters are disrespectful and side-tracked,” he said. “They don’t understand. Ninety-eight percent of our young people are absolutely great. You deal with the 2 percent like you do in adult life.”
Prescott plans to remain active in coaching.
“I will continue to help coach the York swim team as long as they will allow me to,” he said. “I’ll wait and see Nation Ford’s coaching situation in soccer.”
Boyd said the search has begun to fill the girls’ soccer coaching vacancy.
Black said the selection of a resource officer to succeed Prescott will come through the city of York. “We’re looking forward to that new start,” he said.