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North Myrtle Beach coaching staff intact for coming year


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Little River – North Myrtle Beach athletic director Joe Quigley had an easy summer in terms of coaching hires for the 2018-19 school year.

As of early July, there were only a few reported coaching changes on the varsity level for the coming school year. This after making two major changes before last school year.

Matt Reel is entering his second season as the head football coach, replacing Blair Hardin for 2017 and guiding the Chiefs to a region 7-AAAA championship for the second straight year. The Chiefs went 12-1 last fall, losing only to Berkeley in the third round of the state playoffs. The program has won 23 games in the last two seasons.

Assisting with the football program this fall, barring late changes, will be Danny Susrac, Kerwin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Andrew Slawson, Seth O’Brien, Greg Hill, Johnathan White, Matt Jolly, Roderick White, Gavin Ford and Timmy Vereen.

The football season opens on August 16th as the Chiefs take on Conway.

Brooke Smith will enter her second season as the girls basketball coach. Her initial campaign produced a 19-5 record.

Dan Rosa is expected to return for his second season as the boys lacrosse coach, a young program seeking to grow. James Pallassino will take over the boys soccer program and Lori Ruggieri will return as the girls soccer coach.

Roderick White will again coach track and field with Alex Sing returning as the head volleyball coach

Alex Booth and Mara Polnar will head up the cross country programs. Booth will also return in the spring to work with the track program. Newt Merricks is a new coach on staff. He will coach the girls golf team in the fall and the boys team in the spring.

Heading up the swimming program is Kristen Henley, a new coach. Dave Kranstuber will coach boys’ tennis in the spring and coaches the girls tennis team in the fall, replacing Brianne Heinz..

Alvin Green will be back as the boys’ varsity basketball coach. Brian Alderson returns as the head baseball coach and Bobby Henderson will coach softball. There is an opening for wrestling coach as of early July.





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