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First Baptist High School
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Haley sees exciting times for First Baptist athletics

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Charleston – As he settles into his role as the athletic director at First Baptist Church School, Graham Haley cannot contain his enthusiasm for the future of his overall program.

The Hurricanes have been quite competitive in most sports in recent years, highlighted by consecutive state football championships. Haley feels even more success is on the horizon as the school grows its enrollment and improves the facilities.

A major accomplishment takes place when the 2018-19 school year begins as First Baptist will open its full campus on James Island. For the last few years, athletic facilities were on James Island while students attended school at the traditional campus in downtown Charleston.

“We are extremely excited about our high school students now attending school on our James Island campus,” Haley said. “We have a top notch facility opening in August that will allow our students to grow even more in all areas including athletics, but so much more like technology, math, science, arts, etc. 

“Our high school students will be able to walk right to the gym or field for practice which is something we have always been missing - but not anymore.  We are thrilled to open up this James Island facility to academics as well as athletics.”

Haley also has released the coaching roster for the coming year, though he has yet to fill an opening in varsity baseball. He expects that position to be filled before school begins.

Johnny Waters will return as the school’s head football coach and leads the program into Class AAA of the SCISA ranks this fall.

Assisting in the football program are Will McCombs, Jimmy Brown, Randy Hilyer, Keith Bolus, Quentin Armstrong, Lee Cardwell, Chris Billingslea, Keith Gamble, Joe Sweatt, Andrew Blalock and Turner Kinard.

Summer Santos and Sara Kraft will head up the swim program while Erin Jackson coaches the cross country team. Anna Kate Eskew is the head volleyball coach, assisted by Becca Kerrison and Christi Crawford, while Allie McGee handles cheerleading.

In basketball, Presley Singleton is the varsity girls coach while Tony Eady returns as the varsity boys coach. Working in the girls program are Crawford, Jimmy Brown, Raygon Hendrix, Mara Redmond and Sarah Rosling. Assisting in the boys program are Antoine Saunders, Tim Keisler and Travis Thompson.

 In the spring, Charlie Branyon will coach girls softball and Randy Adams coaches the golf team. Stewart Garrett heads up the girls soccer program with Winston Helms handling the boys program.

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