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Wilson Hall replaces two successful long-time coaches


By Justin Driggers

Special Correspondent


Sumter – It’s hard enough to replace one long-time coach, but Wilson Hall Athletic Director Glen Rector was faced with replacing two this offseason.

Boys and girls cross country coach Tom O’Hare and girls tennis coach Debby Williams each stepped down this past year for the Barons – leaving a sizable void for both programs.

“(They’ve) basically built the tennis and cross country programs,” Rector said. “I’ve been here 14 years and I know they’ve been here every step of the way. I don’t know exactly how long, but they’ve been coaching a long, long time. They’re very established coaches who have done incredible jobs with their programs.

“They’ve left some huge holes for us to fill.”

Rector believes the Barons have hired two very experienced coaches to do so. Heather Hunt will take over the cross country teams while Julia Sorrells will coach girls tennis.

“Julia played high school tennis and also played collegiately at Coker College,” Rector said. “So she’s bringing in a lot of experience. She’s also good friends with Debby so I think she’ll be a great help to her.

“(Hunt) has a lot of experience with marathons and developing marathon runners. So we feel like she’s going to be great fit and we also brought in an assistant, Jerry Roth, who ran collegiately at Francis Marion University.”

Emma Catoe will lead the junior varsity tennis program for the girls and Chuck McCord returns as the head coach of the boys varsity tennis program.

The rest of the coaching staff is made up of familiar names as well. Adam Jarecki returns as the both the head varsity and junior varsity football coach and also as the head varsity baseball coach. Byron Kinney coaches the B football team while Alan Moore returns as JV baseball coach. Jay Jones and Scott Richardson share duties for the B baseball team.

Teresa Alexander, who guided the Lady Barons to the SCISA AAA softball title a season ago, returns as the varsity coach with Beth Bozeman handling the JV squad.

Rip Ripley returns as the head varsity volleyball coach and as the coach for boys and girls track for the Barons. Liz Affronti leads the JV volleyball program while Brittany Thrower coaches the B team. Affronti also coaches the varsity soccer team with Jason Bartlet leading the JV squad.

On the court, long-time varsity boys basketball coach Eddie Talley returns with Rector coaching the girls side. Hunter Sheridan coaches JV boys with Johnnie and Zach Griffin leading the B team. Ben McIver and Bobby Baker handle coaching duties for the JV and B Team girls, respectively.

 Todd Kirkley heads the girls golf program while Cayce Cole coaches the boys. Matt Blankenship returns as the sporting clays coach with Kristen Dorsey handling the coaching duties for the swim team.

Gabriel Reynolds leads the Barons’ bowling squads with Patricia Palm coaching the equestrian team.




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