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District Five Names New Byrnes High School Athletic Director

russ howardSpartanburg District Five Schools is proud to announce that Dr. Russell Howard has been selected as the new Athletic Director for James F. Byrnes High School.  The announcement comes following unanimous approval by the District Five Board of Trustees.


Howard has called Byrnes High School “home” for 26 years, first arriving at the school as a teacher and coach in 1993.  The longtime educator left briefly in 2006, to get his first experience as an Athletic Director at Greenville High School, where he served from 2006-2008.  During his time at Byrnes, Coach Howard has led the Varsity wrestling team to numerous county and region championships, as well as leading many wrestlers to individual state titles.  He has also been honored multiple times as “Region Coach of the Year”.  Off the mat, Howard has been an invaluable member of the Varsity football coaching staff, serving as an Assistant Coach over the Rebel offensive line.


“I’m extremely honored to be given this wonderful opportunity,” says Howard.  “Byrnes High School has a rich tradition, not just in athletics, but also in academics.  We’re a strong school district in many ways, and the reason we’re so strong is because of this wonderful community.”

Howard says he’s looking forward to building on the school and district’s foundation of community support, in hopes it will inspire continued success for the Byrnes Athletic Department, and all athletic teams and programs.  “My years here in District Five have molded me into the person I am, and I want to continue to give back to this district in every way that I can.”


Howard received his Bachelors in History from Wofford College, a Masters in Education from Converse, and a Doctorate of Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy.  He will officially begin his new role on July 1.