Board Approves Bill Carr Stadium for Easley High School

Bill Carr.
Bill Carr.

The home of the Green Wave will be named after a beloved figure in Easley High School football history, and one of the city's biggest boosters.

The stadium will bear the name of former Easley Mayor and Green Wave coach Bill Carr.

On Monday night, Trustee Jim Shelton said the district's building committee was recommending that that the stadium be named after Carr, who died last May at the age of 86.

Carr came to Easley High School in 1957, after having served as coach at Liberty High School, leading the Green Wave to a second state title in 1962.

Carr left the school to coach at Spartanburg High School, where he had a 118-27-3 record with the Vikings, with four one-loss seasons and an upper state championship. He was named National High School Football Coach of the Year in 1978 by the National High School Coaches Association, before announcing his retirement in 1980.

Carr served four terms as Easley's mayor.

“He meant a lot to Easley,” Mayor Larry Bagwell said. Bagwell served as Carr's assistant coach before taking over the program when Carr went to Spartanburg High.

“He was a very personable person,” Bagwell said. “He had a lot of charisma. He was a leader, not only on the football field, but in his classroom. I think it's a well-deserved honor.”

Bagwell said Carr was smart.

“He was a sharp person being in the classroom, sharp person in politics, and a sharp person as a coach, all of those things put together, I think he was just an outstanding individual.”

The board voted unanimously to name the EHS stadium after Carr.


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