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Coaching staff at St. John’s Christian undergoes change

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Moncks Corner – Coaching changes are often inevitable on the high school level, especially at smaller private schools.

St. John’s Christian is one of those small private schools that undergoes some shifting amongst its coaching staff from time to time. This is one such occasion.

Athletic director Thomas Brittle has been forced to shuffle several varsity coaching positions this summer. The positive is that no coach left the program due to negative situations. Another positive is that Brittle had people within the program ready to step up and do their part.

“In our situation, sometimes we lose coaches due to family or work concerns and that’s okay,” said Brittle, beginning his third full year as athletic director. “We lose good people but we are fortunate to have good people ready to pitch in and coach. It makes for an easy transition for our athletes.”

Roger Dennis is one such coach. After assisting on the varsity softball staff for the past few years, Dennis is set to replace former coach John Ellis, who stepped away from coaching after the 2018 season.

Dennis also has filled an opening in the volleyball program and will be assisted by his niece, Harley Dennis.

“He’s very knowledgeable in the sport and has been quite active as a coach and player so we feel great about him taking over,” Brittle said. “He’s hit the ground running. He’s had girls in here working out over the last few weeks and we look to have a competitive group. He will also be a great coach in softball. The girls know him and that helps.”

Filling a need in the girls basketball program is Ron Mitchum, who replaces Don Jenko as coach. Jenko moved to New York this summer. Mitchum was a varsity assistant and junior varsity head coach and has two daughters in the program.

 Drew Crowell is expected to return as the varsity boys coach this season. John McCall returns as the head football coach and Dana Shoemaker is the cross country coach. Brittle is also the head baseball coach.

Brittle says the school continues to improve facilities and is working hard to create a positive athletic experience. The most recent improvement was made at the football/baseball stadium in the way of a new fieldhouse. The new building will serve as locker room facilities for baseball and football, and also provides restroom facilities and improved concessions.

“He was badly needed and people will feel the positive results starting with our first football game,” Brittle said.

 

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