Former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore took a big step in his post-playing career this week, being named the new coach at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in Columbia. A Duncan, South Carolina native, Lattimore has been intimately involved with football and the South Carolina community since retiring from the NFL because of the lingering impact from two gruesome knee injuries.

In April, the NCAA ruled that Lattimore was not permitted to be a paid member of Will Muschamp's Gamecocks non-coaching staff because he would provide the program with what the NCAA considers an unfair recruiting advantage. Lattimore spent three seasons playing for the Gamecocks, totaling 2,677 yards and 38 touchdowns as one of the most dominant running backs in the SEC.

But when one door shut, another opened for Lattimore. Heathwood Hall Episcopal School hired Lattimore as an offensive assistant in May and promoted him to head coach after the conclusion of the season.

The news was made official on Monday through the HHES Twitter account.

Best of luck to Coach Lattimore, a phenomenal player to cover in the SEC and active contributor to the Columbia community to this day.