LORIS — A former Union County High School athlete who went on to a collegiate football career and a brush with the NFL looks to give back to students through his role as a teacher and coach.
As a student at Union County High School, Marcus Lott was a member of the football, wrestling, soccer and track teams. He earned a spot in the North-South All-Star football game, was named Class AAA All-State and led UCHS to the Upper State Championship game — all while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average.
After high school, Lott went on to play at Coastal Carolina University (CCU), racking up an impressive 184 tackles and five interceptions during his college career. In 2012, Lott made it to the final week of the preseason with the New York Jets. After a successful showing at CCU’s annual Palmetto Pro Day in 2013, Lott appeared to have another shot at the NFL in his future. However, after breaking his wrist playing basketball at his other job as a teacher at Loris Middle School, Lott’s focus shifted to coaching.
In an interview last year, Lott said he enjoys working with middle school students because they are the most reachable at that age.
“There are so many bad influences out there that by high school, it may be too late,” Lott said.
Lott continues to teach at Loris Middle School, and he has become part of the Loris High School Lions varsity football coaching staff under head coach Jamie Snider, who was an assistant coach at CCU when Lott played there.
Lott said he loves being a coach because he knows he would not have made it as far as he did without the support of his own teachers and coaches.
“Giving back and trying to be that for another kid is very important,” he said.