IRMO -- Wayne Farmer was inducted into the South Carolina Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame during the running of the Coaches Classic at Dutch Fork High School on Saturday.
Currently the head track coach at Scott’s Branch High School in Summerton, Farmer is well known as a former track coach at various high school programs in and around The T&D Region.
Now in his 29th year of coaching, Farmer has led teams that have won more than 20 region titles, three state runners-up titles, and seven South Carolina High School League state championships.
A native of Florence, Farmer graduated from West Florence High School and later South Carolina State University.
He began his coaching career at West Florence and continued to produce some of the finest individuals track athletes and track teams in the state during coaching stops with track programs at Orangeburg-Wilkinson (as an assistant coach), Bamberg-Ehrhardt, Elloree, Denmark-Olar, Allendale-Fairfax, and now Scott’s Branch high schools.
“It’s an honor to be inducted and I’m appreciative of even being nominated in the first place,” Farmer said of his hall of fame recognition. “I’m humbled and thankful for this.
“Without the great kids I’ve worked with it would have never happened.”
Farmer has hosted and won 100 region championships.
While at Elloree High School, he was named coach of the year in 1999 and 2000 and won a boys Class A state championship.
At Denmark-Olar, he was named coach of the year for 2003, 2004 and 2005, and he won a girls Class A state championship.
At Allendale-Fairfax, he coached the boys team to the Class A state championship four years in a row from 2007-10 and the girls team in 2009.
Farmer was again named coach of the year in 2015 and 2016 at Scott’s Branch High School. Last year, the boys team was SCHSL Class A runners-up at the state meet.
“We’ve got a good shot to win it this year. Just got to stay healthy and give ourselves a chance to win,” Farmer said.