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Chad Leaphart will be the new district athletic director

Chad Leaphart currently serves as the athletic director at Gilbert High, where he became the school’s all-time winningest football coach during the 2023 season. An educator and coach for 27 years, he began his career teaching and coaching at Pelion High. Mr. Leaphart, who holds a Bachelor of Arts in history/education from Newberry College, has taught a variety of history courses throughout his career including World History and AP U.S. History. He was selected as Strom Thurmond High’s Teacher of the Year in 2006. Before returning to Gilbert High, his alma mater, Mr. Leaphart served as the head football coach at Swansea High; assistant football coach, head track coach and assistant athletic director at Strom Thurmond High; and assistant football coach, assistant baseball coach and assistant track coach at Pelion High. Mr. Leaphart earned a Master of Education from Southern Wesleyan University.