A longtime local mainstay at various summer football camps, former Byrnes and Clemson receiver Xavier Dye is now putting that acquired knowledge into a new career move.
The 26-year-old has agreed to become the wide receivers coach at Greenville High School under new head coach David Crane, a former Byrnes assistant.
“People have always told me I could coach,” Dye said. “(Clemson) coach (Dabo) Swinney used to tell me I'd make a good coach seeing how I took stuff in the meeting rooms and was able to retain it, things like that. He felt I was a good teacher helping out at camp and felt I had it in me to coach one day. I hadn't thought too much about coaching during my playing days, but I thought why not help younger guys get to that next level, help them become men and great citizens, just give back and help guys get to the level I was at or even the next level.”
Dye played at Clemson from 2007-10, catching 28 passes for 412 yards (a 14.7 per catch average) and four touchdowns. He was one of 11 players named to the 2009 American Football Coaches Association Allstate Good Works Team which “honors players that embody the true spirit of teamwork and giving back through commendable acts of kindness and community service.” Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow was also chosen that season.
“I enjoy giving back, that's something I've done even when I was in college,” Dye said. “In middle school or elementary school you'd see these college guys come and speak to you and think, 'Wow, you can be there at some point or work towards that.' It's just a blessing to be able to do these things and help younger guys out and see them grow and make something of themselves. A lot of these guys look at you and see what you've done, see what kind of person you are, and they respond to that because you're trying to help them get somewhere.”
In addition to coaching, Dye said he expects to be employed within the school system in some capacity, something “along the lines of working in-school suspension, something like that. I don't know what exactly, but that's kind of what they're thinking right now.”