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Howell picked to lead Pinewood Prep volleyball program

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Summerville – The Pinewood Prep volleyball program has been in a state of flux in recent years. As the third head coach in the last three years, Nate Howell hopes to bring stability to the program.

Howell was picked by athletic director Andy Morgan to lead the Panthers program after coach Amir Khaledi left after one season as head coach to become the coach at Oceanside Collegiate Academy.

Howell is no stranger to the sport or to winning. He began playing in high school and developed enough to earn a scholarship to play at Illinois. But his life took him into the Air Force as a career, though he remained involved in playing and later coaching the sport.

Stationed in Charleston, Howell became involved in the Carolina Islanders club program where he has coached some of the area’s top players for the last 11 seasons.

Howell is the only new varsity coach that has been hired for the coming 2018-19 school year, though Morgan is still expecting to fill an opening in cross country in the coming days and weeks.

A veteran coaching staff that has combined for numerous state and region championships will guide the athletic program through the coming year.

Among the most successful coaches in the Pinewood Prep athletic department are boys basketball coach Pat Eidson, girls soccer coach Gail Osborne, and golf coach (boys and girls) Greg Baechtle.

Eidson earned his 800th career coaching victory in January of 2017 and has his eyes set on 900 wins, which could come in the next two years or so. Eidson is entering his 29th year at Pinewood Prep and his 40th in coaching overall this season.

Osborne has built one of the state’s top programs in SCISA, winning three state championships. The 2018 team reached the state finals before losing to Porter-Gaud. Osborne has nearly her entire team slated to return for the upcoming season, including player of the year Grace Powell.

Baechtle has guided the boys and girls golf program for nearly two decades, winning state championships with both groups of players.

Michael Wright begins his seventh year as the head football coach this fall. Wright took the 2015 Panthers to the state finals.

Returning as the swim coach is Jessica Archumbault while Ivan Besancon will return as the boys and girls tennis coach.

Chip Eakes returns to coach the boys soccer team next spring while Jay Buddin is set to return as the head baseball coach. Tony Bulford will again head up the girls basketball program.

Chris Thompson coaches the Sporting Clays Target shooting team, and Ray Murray, Gene Miles and Dawn Godwin coaching the track and field athletes in the spring.

 Hayne Painter continues to direct one of the state’s top strength and speed programs, annually competing at the top of the SCISA ranks.

 

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