Burgess’ 18 wins is fifth highest of Easley’s 15 coaches over the years. His five-year stay is also fifth longest of any Easley coach.
Larry Bagwell, who coached the Green Wave for 24 years, lead the school in wins (161) and years coaching by a large number. Bagwell was also the winning coach for two of the schools four football championships, taking the title in his first year as Green Wave coach (1967) and his fifth.
Jim Brice, for whom the Green Wave stadium is named, is second in total wins with 90, and second in years coaching.
Brice is also the only person to have two different stints as head football coach. He coached from 1929-1938, winning Easley’s first state football championship in 1937. He “retired” from the football field in 1939, but still served the community as the EHS principal. After a three year stint by Earl Gregory, Brice returned to coach the Green Wave for another seven seasons.
Bill Carr has the highest winning percentage of any Easley coach who stayed more than one season. Carr had 89 wins as the Green Wave coach. He had previously had a successful run as the Liberty High School football coach, and went on to more success as head coach for Spartanburg High School.
Carr led Easley to the 1962 state title.
Carr eventually returned to Easley and served 16 years as the city’s mayor.
Mike Barnes is fourth with 36 wins. Barnes led the 1997 team to a 12-2 record — tying the 1962 state championship team and being just one game shy of the 1967 and 1972 state title teams for the most wins in one season for a Green Wave team.
Burgess is also the first Easley coach to have back-to-back winning seasons since Bagwell led Easley to the 1982 team to a 7-3 record, then the 1983 team to a 9-3 record. The 1983 team advanced to the playoffs, defeating Pickens and Northwestern before falling to Laurens in the Upstate Semi-finals.
The Green Wave had 20 straight winning seasons from 1957-1976.