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Williamsburg Academy High School
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Kellahan sees brighter days ahead at Williamsburg Academy

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Kingstree – Athletes run in cycles, especially at the small private school level.

Every few years at the smaller schools, a cycle of athletes will come through and teams will compete at a high level. Then when one group graduates, it may take a few years for the next solid group of athletes to cycle through.

Williamsburg Academy is not immune to such cycles. The football program played for a state championship in 2012 and won a state title in 2013. The 2014 season produced 10 wins but the last three seasons have resulted in 11 total wins, including an 0-11 season in 2017.

As far as other male sports, the basketball and baseball teams were fairly young as well and struggled to find consistent success. But that young group will mature over the next few years.

Numbers will eventually bounce back, says athletic director and head football coach Ken Kellahan.

“As a school we are right on target in terms of enrollment, about 420 kids or so,” the coach said. “Things do run in cycles in terms of athletes but the goal is to be as consistent as possible.

“We just graduated a handful of girls who were multi-sport athletes and very successful. We have some good young athletes coming, boys and girls, but it sometimes takes time to get them all. I think we’ll continue to bounce back.”

Kellahan, a former three-sport athlete at Williamsburg in the early 1990’s, says the football roster this fall will have about eight seniors and the classes will be more balanced overall, despite a low number of sophomore boys.

As a whole, the athletic department has been successful at producing competitive teams over the history of the school. The football program has played in five state championship games (1985, 1987, 2000, 2012, 2013) and the boys basketball program has played in two (1991, 1993).

The baseball program won state titles in 1972 and 1994, reaching the state finals in 1983, 2008, 2012. The school won state titles in 2004, 2005 and 2006 in boys tennis but no longer fields a program. The girls tennis program finished second in 1987.

Golf state titles were won in 1978, 1988 and 2002.

Coaching consistency has been a strength at Williamsburg since Kellahan took over as athletic director six years ago. Except for volleyball, there has been very little turnover among the coaching staff.

The volleyball program will have a new coach this fall as Lyrica Pasley takes over for Anna Taylor, who gave up the team after one year due to her work restrictions.

Pasley is a Kingstree native and played volleyball at Kingstree High School.

“She knows the game well,” Kellahan said. “She graduated from college and wanted to try coaching and we needed someone to come in and take over. She will do a good job for us. We hope to build some stability in the volleyball program.”

All other varsity sports will return their head coaches for the 2018-19 school year. Kellahan will again coach varsity girls basketball while John Floyd will coach the varsity boys team.

Tyler Boyd returns as baseball coach and Walt Fulton heads up the successful softball program.

Chuck Montgomery coaches boys golf in the spring and Maria Jordan coaches the girls tennis team in the fall.

Kellahan works with the developing track and field program in the spring while Michelle Butterworth heads up the cross country program, also a developing and growing group, during the fall.

 Kellahan’s football staff consists of Ross Hundley (defensive line), Gary Jarrett (linebackers), Boyd (quarterbacks), Michael Newell (receivers), Randy Scott (offensive line) and Justin Kellahan (defensive backs).

Montgomery returns as the head junior varsity coach this fall.

 

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