Andy Poole


CHERAW, S.C. -- Cheraw football coach Andy Poole is on administrative leave according to Ken Buck, public information officer for Chesterfield County Schools. He added there is no time frame when or if Poole will return as the Braves' coach.

A previous version of this story reported Poole is no longer Cheraw's football coach.

After a Morning News email was sent to Chesterfield County Schools superintendent Harrison Goodwin on Thursday night, asking about Poole's coaching status, Goodwin replied Friday morning: ""Due to personnel matters, coach David Byrd has been assigned to serve as the interim head coach of the Cheraw High School football team. Since this is a personnel matter, we are not in position to discuss anything further."

Byrd will coach the Braves in their season opener at home against Darlington.

Calls to Byrd and Poole have not been returned.

Poole, a former Cheraw football standout, was supposed to start his fourth regular season tonight on the Cheraw sideline. Through his first three seasons, he was 22-14 and coached the Braves to the Class 2A upper-state semifinals in 2016 and '17.

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