EASLEY – With the hiring of the new head football coach, Grayson Howell, a new era in Green Wave football has begun.
“We are very excited to welcome Grayson as a social studies teacher and head football coach at Easley High School. In his interview, Coach Howell stressed that one of his objectives is to make upstanding young men out of his players. He wants to make sure that his players understand and exhibit character that will make them successful in life. He wants to involve the community in being mentors for our players,” said EHS Principal, Dr. Tim Mullis. “We are grateful that Coach Howell will stress success not only on the field but also success beyond the classroom.”
Howell expressed his gratitude to Easley High School officials and his affinity for the upstate and the community of Easley.
“I appreciate Chris Carter and Dr. Mullis for giving me the opportunity. I grew up my whole life in Sumter, but I always considered myself an upstate guy. I went to Clemson and I just loved my time there. Easley is a great place to be, it has its own identity as a town and as a community,” Howell said. “I love being 13 miles from Clemson and 20 miles from Greenville.”
Howell’s coaching career began at Daniel High School in 1994 and he coached at Strom Thurmond High School from 1995 to 2000 where the team was a state finalist in his first year. Howell later coached at Sumter High School and became the offensive coordinator in 2003. The team was a state finalist in both 2003 and 2008. Howell remained at Sumter until coming to Easley.
“I played at Sumter High and graduated there in 1989. I was part of a state championship team in 1987 and later went to Clemson where I graduated in management but then went back and became certified to teach social studies,” Howell said. “I later had the opportunity to coach wide receivers at Daniel high and that is where my coaching career jumped off.”
Howell’s years on the offensive side of the football has helped to shape him as a coach.
“We are going to be fundamental sound and we are going to teach the kids to worry about the little things, and if they worry about those little things, the big things will come. I always have been an offensive guy, played receiver in high school and I was the coordinator at Sumter for ten years,” Howell said. “We will be a run-first football team.”
According to Howell, his first goal is to create quality men.
“Our goal is to produce great men. That is our goal, and I think if we do that, we will win football games,” Howell said.
School officials talked about Howell’s value off the field and in the classroom.
“I’ve really been impressed with his track record and his ability to relate to students. He has also shown himself to be a person of very high character and a tremendous classroom teacher,” said Chris Carter, EHS athletic director. “We’re very excited about the future and continuing the momentum our program has had from previous seasons.”
Howell has been married to his wife, Teresa, for 18 years and share three children, Caleb, Blake, and Luke.