Marcus Lattimore graduates, joins Heathwood Hall football staff – The State

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Former South Carolina standout Marcus Lattimore has landed his first coaching position.

Lattimore was named an assistant coach at Heathwood Hall on Friday, the same day he received his degree in public health from South Carolina.

“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,” Lattimore said in a statement.

“I was fortunate enough to play this game for 16 years, and have been around great coaches who were teachers of the game. I always focused on the fundamentals, which will be my focus every day working with our players, particularly our running backs. Together, we’ll work to help our student-athletes improve both on and off the field.”

Lattimore will be the B-team coach at Heathwood, and also an offensive assistant on the varsity team. The Highlanders went 2-8 last season with a team that featured Duke signee Brandon Hill.

Heathwood will start spring practice May 16.

Athletics director Jeff Whalen said Lattimore will be able to help the program on and off the field.

“We are extremely excited to have Marcus Lattimore join our football staff at Heathwood Hall,” Whalen said in a release.

“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.”

Lattimore was a highly touted running back at Byrnes High, and was one of the most beloved players in USC history. He rushed for 2,677 yards and had 41 TDs in his career for the Gamecocks.

Lattimore’s football career was cut short by a pair of knee injuries at South Carolina. The San Francsisco 49ers drafted him in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, but he never played. He retired in 2014.

Since retirement, Lattimore got married, re-enrolled at USC and remained busy with speaking engagements and camps as part of the Marcus Lattimore Foundation. He was expected to take a position on Will Muschamp’s staff at USC. But the NCAA ruled that it would be an unfair advantage if he continued to do his camps.

“USC compliance tried to vet it as much as possible and do as much as they could to help me out, but I could either do only USC football camps as a USC employee, or do all of my football camps as a non-USC employee,” Lattimore told The State last month. “It was a tough decision, but I wanted to be around as many kids as possible.”