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Colleton Prep High School
Walterboro

Colleton Prep sets coaching staff for 2018-19

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Walterboro – After many years operating out of the status quo, the Colleton Prep athletic department appears to be growing in terms of opportunities for athletes to compete.

Athletic director Rob Gorrell, who also is the school’s varsity head football coach, says Colleton Prep is moving forward with plans to add sports to the ledger, hopefully.

“We are looking to add girls soccer in the spring, for sure,” Gorrell said. “Last year we had like a trial season with six or so scrimmages. It was a way to gauge the interest level and see if it was something we could do. It ended up doing well and we feel good about adding it as a sport this spring.”

Gorrell has tabbed Bray Campbell to coach the girls team, continuing her duties from last spring’s trial run.

With the success of the girls program, Gorrell says Colleton Prep will try a similar trial run with boys soccer this spring. Packy Burke will coach that team and if all goes well, the school will add soccer as a full-time sport in 2020.

Burke is new to Colleton Prep, coming over from Colleton County High. Burke has run the wrestling program at Colleton County for the past few years. His interest in wrestling may lead to an experimental team at Colleton Prep.

“Wrestling would be a good addition for us and Packy knows his stuff,” Gorrell said. “He has a strong desire to get something started so hopefully that’s in the mix in our future.”

There area a few other coaching changes within the school for the coming year. Chancey Padgett will coach the sideline cheerleaders this fall. The girls tennis program will be coached by Rebecca Hooker.

Charles Brown, who came to Colleton Prep last year and coached the boys and girls varsity basketball teams, will cut his load in half and remain as the girls coach this coming year. A new boys coach should be hired by early August, according to Gorrell.

Volleyball coach Ashley Finnie will return as the volleyball coach this fall. Cody Mincey is set to return as the head baseball coach while Gabby Bedard will again coach softball. Both were first-year head coaches last spring.

Tracy Burttram will again coach the golf team in the spring and Gorrell is back for his third season as the head football coach.

Assisting with the varsity football team will be Burttram, Shawn Lyons, Bill Kinard, Luke Guess, Aaron Bishop, Brent Spearman and Jeremy Ware.

 Marc Warren is the junior varsity head football coach this fall.

The football season kicks off on August 17th with a home game against Branchville High School.

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