CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) _ Charleston Southern has begun its search for a new athletics director, almost nine months after former AD Howard Bagwell retired.

Rick Brewer, who took over as interim athletics director in May, said Wednesday he wanted to give up the interim post.

The school did not begin its search immediately because it wanted time to look at the direction the program was going in, Brewer said. The new athletic director will report to Brewer, who also is dean of students.

The school would like someone with coaching experience, but also with experience in fund-raising.