Shaw named AD, Head Football Coach at Palmetto


Coach Doug Shaw has been named Athletic Director and head football coach for Palmetto High School. He is slated to begin work July 1, 2013. He is currently Assistant Athletic Director, Head football coach and physical education teacher at Mauldin High School in Greenville County. He has been at Mauldin High for seven years where he was named the Big 16 Upstate Coach of the Year in 2009.

Shaw has a proven record of improving team performance. His ability to develop a working rapport with the players and coaches will prove beneficial. He is a firm believer that discipline and fundamentals are essential to a successful program and by implementing that philosophy the athletic program can progressively improve each year.

Shaw will be responsible for providing direction and leadership at Palmetto High for all athletic teams as they participate in the Western 3A Region. He has previously served at Myrtle Beach High School, North Myrtle Beach High and Carolina High.

Coach Shaw, stated, “I am very excited to be coming to Palmetto High. My previous coaching jobs have been very rewarding. I have tried to instill in the young men what it takes to be successful, not only on the field of play, but in the real world as well. This position holds the responsibility of developing young men as well as football players. I learned from the best, my father, athletic director and head football coach for 25 years, and I saw the time and commitment that it takes to fill this position. I look forward to the opportunity of working with the athletic program at Palmetto High.”

Ray Callaham, Principal at Palmetto High, said, “I am very excited to have Coach Doug Shaw join our team at Palmetto High. He is a proven coach with a record of improving teams wherever he has been. He places high importance on the development of not only the skills of student athletes but their character development.”

David Havird, Associate Superintendent for Anderson One, said, “Coach Doug Shaw will bring a broad array of talents and abilities to the position of Head Football Coach/Athletic Director at Palmetto High School.  These include a lot of experience and excellent knowledge of high school football and the overall athletic program.  Additionally, Coach Shaw is highly organized, has wonderful communication skills and a dedicated work ethic that should support and benefit each of the sports programs and student athletes at Palmetto High School.” 

Anderson One Superintendent, Wayne Fowler, said, “Coach Shaw has had a strong desire to be part of the athletic program in Anderson One where he resides. He has witnessed the level of community support for the athletic program. The school board will make this official at the May 28 meeting.”

 Shaw received his undergraduate degree from Newberry College and his Master’s Degree in Sports Management from the US Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama. He is married to Stacey Shaw, teacher at Cedar Grove Elementary. They have one son in the sixth grade at Palmetto Middle School.