Columbia, SC (WLTX) - South Carolina Gamecocks legend Marcus Lattimore is now the head coach at Heathwood Hall school in Columbia.
The school announced Monday morning Lattimore's hiring. He replaces Steve Victory, who resigned after going 3-15 over his last two season. Victory is headed back to Louisiana to tend to family matters.
Lattimore had been serving as the running backs coach and the B-Team head coach this season.
In addition to his duties as the Head Football Coach, Lattimore will serve as Heathwood Hall's School Advancement Associate. In this role, he will work with the athletic administration, admissions office, school development office, and Head of School Chris Hinchey. He will begin both roles on January 16, 2017.
"Heathwood Hall is a special community that I am thrilled to be a part of. The kindhearted people make this place feel like home," Lattimore said in a statement. "The genuine care for our students is evident, and it all starts with great leadership from our Head of School, Chris Hinchey. The sport of football has provided me with a platform to motivate and inspire thousands of kids over the years, and this will give me an opportunity on a daily basis to continue to make an impact on the lives of our young men. Our coaching staff will immediately began to create a uniform system, developing the program from top to bottom, with the foundation built on an emphasis of accountability. Our young men will know they represent something bigger than themselves. Our players will work with pride to have people respect the name on the back of their jersey and more importantly, the name on the front."
Lattimore, of course, had one of the best careers in Gamecock history, despite suffering two serious injuries. He holds USC's all-time career touchdown mark, with 41, that came in just 23 games. He also helped lead the Gamecocks to the 2010 SEC Eastern Division title.