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Call has football staff set and ready to contend in 2018

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Summerville – After three seasons, Summerville head football coach Joe Call is becoming more and more comfortable as the successor to his legendary grandfather, John McKissick.

Call has effectively changed the culture at Summerville, mixing new ideas with traditional core values and building a competitive coaching staff.

The 2018 staff is ready to make the Green Wave a serious state title contender after winning 10 games a year ago. The Green Wave improved by three wins from 2017 and look to take the next step this fall.

Call has tinkered with his coaching staff in each of first three years as the coach. He did so again during this offseason, making a major change on the offensive side of the ball.

Offensively, Call says Summerville will have some new looks with the addition of new offensive coordinator Hunter Spivey. Spivey, a former all-state quarterback at Conway High, has solid college and high school coaching experience.

In fact, Spivey is responsible for designing the two-point conversion play that was used by the Philadelphia Eagles in last year’s Super Bowl.

As the story goes, Spivey showed the play to former Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris in 2012. The Tigers successfully used the play in a win over Georgia Tech that season. The play has gradually made the rounds through the NFL and has been used several times.

It is Spivey’s creativity and ability to maximize opportunities that led Call to bring him to Summerville from his position in Valdosta, Georgia. Spivey also has coached at Newberry College and Coastal Carolina, as well as Gray Collegiate in Columbia.

“His knowledge of offensive football is going to be a huge thing for us,” Call said. “We saw a lot of stuff in the spring and the kids got a good grasp. We have fine-tuned things over the summer but I think our offense has a chance to be really explosive.”

The impact was felt immediately in the summer passing leagues and seven-on-seven competitions. Summerville’s offense was quite productive in those outings.

Anchoring that offense will be senior quarterback Johnathan Bennett, who will a third-year full-time starter under center. Bennett accounted for nearly 2,000 total yards last season, throwing for just under 1,500 yards and 14 touchdowns. The 6-1, 210-pounder made his college commitment on June 6th, choosing Liberty University as his next destination.

Call says Bennett is poised for a big season, due largely to the improvement under Spivey’s tutelage.

“He’s still developing as a passer but he made great improvement last season,” the coach said. “Coach Spivey is having a major impact on him. Johnathan has come a long ways in the last two years and I think his best football is ahead of him. Liberty sees his potential as well. He’s a great leader and he’s a team guy. He was 18-of-21 passing in the spring game. That’s real exciting stuff.”

Returning as Summerville’s defensive coordinator is Ahren Self, who also coaches linebackers. Kevin Bellush returns as the secondary coach and Keith Powell coaches the defensive linemen. Working with the outside linebackers is Jamie Tyler.

Former Summerville all-stater Omar Nesbit is back as the offensive line coach. A.J. Glover coaches the receivers and Joe Kornasiewicz will coach running backs. Chris Collins is the special teams coordinator.

“We have a great staff, a group of men that is totally dedicated to the program,” Call said. “We’re excited about the potential of our team this fall. We have some good pieces. We have to develop some depth but that’s no different than any other team right now.”

Athletic director Brion Rutherford is in his fourth year as the school’s athletic director. The 1994 Summerville graduate continues his efforts to provide Green Wave athletes every advantage to compete for state championships.

The coaching roster for the 2018-19 school year looks pretty familiar as very little in the way of change affected Summerville’s varsity coaching staff.

In the fall, Katie Garland coaches the swim teams and Kelli Hazel works with the cross country programs. Kari Killen returns for her second season as volleyball coach while David Long will return to coach girls tennis in the fall.

 Thomas Mitchell heads up the girls golf team this fall and handles boys golf in the spring.

Long also returns to his post as boys varsity basketball coach while Calvin Davis is the varsity girls coach. Veteran Daryl Tucker, another Summerville alumni, is the head wrestling coach.

Bellush heads up the track and field program in the spring, with Jesse Gladis taking over the boys tennis program next spring.

Bo Charpia is the varsity head baseball coach and veteran Heather Tucker is the varsity softball coach.

Jason Rasner is the boys soccer coach and Holly Gunio returns as the girls soccer coach. Scott Little is the head athletic trainer.

 

 

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