Head Softball Coach
Coach John Motley is a lifelong resident of Richland County. After graduating from Lower Richland High School where he was a 3-sport letterman (football, basketball, baseball) and student body president, he attended the University of South Carolina majoring in Health and Physical Education. While attending USC, he enlisted in the South Carolina Air National Guard (SCANG) in 1970. Upon graduation, he began his teaching and coaching career in 1974 at Thomas Sumter Academy (TSA) in Dalzell, South Carolina. At TSA, he taught middle school science and served as the head varsity boys and girls basketball coach, assistant football coach, and golf administrator. In 1978, after serving 8 years as an enlisted member of the SCANG, he received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant and began teaching and coaching at Lower Richland High School in Hopkins, SC. While at LR, he was the varsity baseball coach and an assistant football coach. In January 1981, he accepted a full-time position at McEntire Joint National Guard Base. He remained at McEntire as a full-time employee for 27 years. During this time, he remained connected to the coaching profession by volunteering with a number of schools including North Central High School, Spring Valley High School, and Richland Northeast High School in addition to a return to Lower Richland High School and Thomas Sumter Academy. His 40+ years of coaching experience has involved him in a myriad of varsity sports including football, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, and golf. Brigadier General(retired) Motley held a number of leadership positions throughout his military career at McEntire and he concluded his 39-year SCANG career in 2009 as the Assistant Adjutant General for Air. Upon his retirement from the SCANG, BG Motley served as the Director of STARBASE Swamp Fox, a DOD-funded STEM Education program until November of 2022. Coach Motley is a member of Beulah Baptist Church in Hopkins, South Carolina. At Beulah, he serves as the Chairman of Deacons, a member of the sanctuary choir, and a substitute adult Sunday School teacher. He also is a member of Beulah’s mission group “Team Canada” which has traveled to Mississauga, Ontario, Canada to conduct summer sports camps with Upward Sports/FCA Sports Canada. He also serves as the Chairman of the Cemetery Trust Foundation. Coach Motley has been honored as an alumnus of Lower Richland High School with induction into the “Shining Diamond” Hall of Fame. He is also a Richland County School District One Hall of Fame inductee. Coach Motley is married to Martha Finley Motley and they are proud parents of daughters Shannon Motley, Kim McLemore, son-in-law Dwayne and grandparents to Bryson (NCA Class of 2021), Colton (NCA Class of 2027, and Gracyn ( NCA Class of 2031).