A familiar and legendary name in football will be on the Heathwood Hall sideline this fall, as former Byrnes HS standout, South Carolina All-American, and San Francisco 49er Marcus Lattimore has joined the Highlander Football staff! Lattimore, who graduates today from USC, has served as an ambassador for the University after concluding his professional career, in addition to creating and maintaining the Marcus Lattimore Foundation. Marcus will work within all phases of the HHES program, serving as the B-Team Head Coach, as well as an offensive assistant with the Varsity.
Lattimore said of his new role, “First, I want to thank Jeff Whalen, his staff, and Heathwood Hall Episcopal School for welcoming me with open arms. This has been an easy process, and I’m excited to get to work with this team and this great staff. I was fortunate enough to play this game for 16 years, and have been around great coaches, who were teachers of the game. My philosophy is simple: Play with 100% effort on the field, and give 100% effort every day. I’ve always focused on the fundamentals, which will be my focus everyday working with our players, particularly our running backs. Together, we’ll work to help our student-athletes improve both on and off the field.”
Athletic Director Jeff Whalen said Lattimore is a great fit for Heathwood: “We are extremely excited to have Marcus Lattimore join our football staff at Heathwood Hall. Not only will Marcus bring his knowledge of football to the Highlander staff, but more importantly he will be able to share with our athletes the three pillars of commitment (Outreach, Life Skills, and Sports Performance) that are part of the basis of his Marcus Lattimore Foundation. Combining this with the excellence that Heathwood Hall offers to student athletes will lead to a winning formula.”
Head of School Chris Hinchey said, “We are so excited to welcome Marcus Lattimore to our football staff. Not only is he an accomplished football player, but a favorite son of South Carolina. We are most excited that Marcus’s life has been committed to the development of young people and the mentoring of successful young adults.”
Lattimore’s accolades include:
- ESPN RISE National High School Junior Football Player of the Year
- USA Today High School All-American
- South Carolina Mr. Football
- SEC Freshman of the Year
- NCAA Freshman of the Year
- 1st Team All-SEC
- 2nd Team All-American
- 4th Round NFL Draft Pick (San Fransisco 49ers)
Heathwood will open Spring Football practice on May 16th.