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Hilton Head Christian looking to fill basketball opening

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Hilton Head – With the 2018-19 school year set to begin in less than a month, Hilton Head Christian Academy is without a boys varsity basketball coach.

The opening was created earlier in the spring when coach Mac Tamminen stepped down from the post to take a similar position at John Paul II. Tamminen had guided the boys program for the last six seasons. The 2017-18 team finished with a 7-13 record overall and 6-8 in region play. That roster had just one senior.

Athletic director Kenny Conroy indicated through email that the position would be filled in the coming days or weeks and felt confident a new coach would be in place by the time school began.

Conroy also returns as the girls varsity basketball coach, continuing to lead one of the state’s top programs. He says all other varsity sports will be coached by returning coaches this coming year.

Ron Peduzzi will return for his second season as the head football coach. The Eagles finished at 5-5 last season and look for better results this fall. The Eagles open the 2018 season at home on August 17th against Thomas Heyward Academy.

Heading up the successful volleyball program is Steve DeSimone. The Eagles have been state title contenders in each of the last four years and finished 32-11 last season. Expect the Eagles to contend again this fall as DeSimone returns virtually his entire squad.

Sydney DeSimone led the team in kills (411) and digs (398) last season. Brielle McCarthy returns as the top setter with 894 assists last fall, while Lauryn Qualls returns after posting 262 kills and 337 digs last season. Also returning as seniors are Olivia Reichenbach and Julia Wilder.

The boys soccer team won their second straight Class AA state championship in May. The program continues to be led by Dylan Curtis.

The golf and tennis programs also rate among the best in SCISA. Leading the boys and girls tennis programs is Eric Wammock. The Eagles were state finalists in boys tennis this past season.

Parker Collins is the head coach of the girls golf program while Jason Suddeth leads the boys team. The boys team was state runner-up in the state tournament last spring.

Mike Hauhgton will return as the girls soccer coach and Matt Smith will return as the head baseball coach. The baseball team won 18 games last spring, advancing to the Class AA state semi-final round.

Melanie Hilton returns as the swim coach while Duane Reindl will coach the clay target shooting team.

 Anne Eddy will again direct the competition cheer squad.

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