Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2019
Greenville County Schools Director of Athletics Darryl Nance has been named the recipient of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association’s (NIAAA) Award of Merit. The Award of Merit is presented to an individual in recognition of outstanding leadership and personal commitment to the values of interscholastic athletics and is the NIAAA’s highest individual award. Coach Nance will receive the award on December 17 in National Harbor, Maryland, during the annual National Athletic Directors Conference.
Nance served as a teacher and coach for 29 years, and has 28 years of experience as an athletic administrator. He is a Certified Master Athletic Administrator by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) and Certified Interscholastic Coach by the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS).
Nance’s career includes service at Shannon Forest Christian School before joining Wade Hampton High School, where he served as basketball coach and athletic director for 19 years. Nance was named director of athletics for the Greenville County Schools in 2015.
Nance led the 2011 Wade Hampton High basketball team to an undefeated season and the state championship. In addition to basketball, Nance coached football, baseball, softball, volleyball and golf.
Coach Nance is a Certified Master Athletic Administrator, awarded by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and Certified Interscholastic Coach, awarded by the National Federation of High Schools. He is a member of the SC Athletic Administrators Association (SCAAA), serving on the Board since 2001 and as President in 2006. He has been recognized with the NIAAA State Award of Merit and has been named the SC Athletic Coaches Association’s Athletic Director of the Year as well as SCACA and NFHS State Basketball Coach of the Year.
Coach Nance is a 1985 graduate of Furman University and a 1992 graduate of the United States Sports Academy.