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McCarty Steps Down As Beaufort Academy Athletic Director, Nick Field To Take Over Running Athletic Program

From Staff Reports

Beaufort--After a four year run Summerville native Neal McCarty has stepped down as the Beaufort Academy athletic director but will remain on as an adviser during the transition for his replacement Nick Field

“Coach Field’s experience as a coach, teacher, along with his strong organizational and relational skills make him an ideal choice,” said Coach McCarty. “I look forward to working with him through the transition and I know he is very excited for the opportunity. I am excited for him and his new role and for Beaufort Academy’s future.”

McCarty has helped guide the SCISA School through unpresented growth in its athletic program. For the first time BA’s athletic department received the South Carolina Independent School Association’s “Presidents Cup Award” which is the highest distinction for an athletic program in SCISA. The athletic program produced five state champions school during the 2017-18 school year including multiple “Coach of the Year” honorees.

Over the past four years the athletic program expanded to include varsity boys and girls cross country, archery, and volleyball teams. The press box was renovated with improvements extended to the soccer/football and baseball/softball practice fields. The booster grew financially and BA boasts one of the best over-all coaching staffs in terms of success in SCISA.

“We the athletic program on such solid ground, now seems to be the ideal time for me and the program to a make a transition,” said Coach McCarty. “I will be forever grateful for the opportunity I was given at BA. I could not be prouder of our tremendous coaches, staff and all that our talented student-athletes and what they have accomplished on and off the field.”

Field is a marine veteran who has dedicated his life to youth coaching. He is a well- known AAA basketball coach in the community and runs very successful teaching camps.

For the upcoming school year Donna Patrick will once again head coach the volleyball and softball teams. The school is excited about the hiring of well respected former Beaufort High coach Mark Clifford to assume the head football coaching duties. Connie Ambrose will direct the cross country teams and also head up coaching Archery.

Jeff Rushing and Michelle Rushing will coach the swim teams while Larry Scheper will direct the boys and girls varsity tennis teams. The middle school basketball programs are coached by Scott Huebel and Chip Dinkins. The middle school and junior varsity soccer teams are led by Ashley Hefner, Peggy Good, Lee Powell and Bryan Gates. The junior varsity boy’s basketball team will be coached by Nick Field. Lillian Allred will coach varsity girl’s basketball while Nate Livesay will direct the boys program.

 Bill Dalton will again coach the boy’s soccer team and Jeff Pinckney will head up boys golf once again. The Head of School is Dr. Dan Durbin.

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