Don't expect Clover football coach Jet Turner to have a change of heart this time.
Turner, who came Clover in 2003, has accepted a teaching and coaching position at Wilson Hall School in Sumter. Turner accepted a similar position at Orangeburg Prep in 2008, after his Blue Eagles won the Class AAAA Division II state championship in 2007, but opted to remain at Clover after the school district offered some concessions.
Turner said he will make the move to Sumter, his hometown, over the summer after completing the school year at Clover.
"This time it's for keeps,'' he said. "Like all big decisions, this was a tough one. But it's time to go home. I made up my mind yesterday (Monday) and told our administration later in the day. Clover has been a wonderful experience for my family and me over the past eight years, but this is what is right for me and my family.
"Sumter is my home, and my wife and I will be closer to our families that live there. For me, it's a lot like Clover; good people, good school and a good place to raise our three daughters (ages 10, 6 and 3).It would have been the same in Clover, but this is a move that tugged at me ... had to get closer to home.''
Turner said when he resigned in 2008, he had asked the administration to fix the holes and upgrade the football practice field, to increase supplements paid to assistant coaches and to modernize the weight room.
All that was done, said Turner, adding the school system has been "very'' supportive. Turner said his replacement will step into an "excellent'' situation. Turner said he is taking a slight pay cut.
He also said that coaching at Wilson Hall will be an adventure. Wilson Hall plays Orangeburg Prep and his friends there have already begun "picking'' at him. And the other SCISAA school in Sumter, Thomas Sumter Academy, is Wilson Hall's top rival and Turner's alma mater.
Turner was 70-30 at Clover and led the Blue Eagles into new territory. Clover moved up from Class AAA to Class AAAA in 2006 and the Blue Eagles ran the table to win the Region 3-AAAA title.
"Jet has done a great job for Clover and the football program here,'' Clover athletic director Carroll Hester said. "We hate to lose him, but at the same time we understand completely his decision. We are going to miss having him here and wish only the best for Jet and his family.''
Hester said no timetable has been set to advertise the opening and hire a coach. But he added with spring practice approaching and other football chores coming up, the school hopes to find the best coach as soon as possible.
Turner, who came to Clover from Ware Shoals, will coach football and track at Wilson Hall. He also will teach but said that position has not been determined.