Laurence Manning Academy has hired Robert “Robbie” Briggs III to be the school’s athletic director and head varsity football coach starting in the fall of 2013. Briggs is currently serving as athletic director and head football coach at Manning High School, a position that he has held for the last 12 years.
Briggs is the winningest football coach in the school’s history. Last season he received his 100th career win as coach of the Monarchs. Briggs joined Manning’s staff in 1994 as history teacher and defensive coordinator for the football team. In 2001, he became head football coach and athletic director for Clarendon School District 2.
Briggs has averaged nine wins out of 12 games per season (including playoffs) as head coach. Since joining Manning’s coaching staff in 1994, he has been a part of three state championship games as defensive coordinator and eight lower state championships as either head coach or defensive coordinator.
“Coach Briggs’ reputation speaks for itself,” said LMA Headmaster Dr. Spencer Jordan. “He has character, integrity and an ability in leading young people in the right direction. I couldn’t tell you how pleased we are to have him join our staff.”
Briggs was a four-year starter at Manning High School and an all-state linebacker for two years. He was on MHS’1988 state championship winning team, and MVP of the state championship game.
Briggs graduated from The Citadel, where he was a four-year letterman on the football team and three-year starter, He was named All-State Player his senior year and an All-Southern Conference linebacker. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s in history. He completed a graduate assistantship coaching the defensive line at The Citadel.
Briggs was the first coach in the state to earn a National Board Certification. He also has had honors as Regional Athletic Director of the Year and Newcomer Coach of the Year. He coached the North-South All Star team in 2010 and was inducted into the Clarendon County Athletic Hall of Fame this past March.
"The Clarendon Two Board of Trustees joins me in extending our best wishes to Coach Robbie Briggs in all of his future endeavors," said CSD2 Superintendent John Tindal. "He has been a tremendous role model and asset to our school district as a teacher and coach. For the past 12 years, he has been the face of Monarchs athletics. He is a class act."