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Ashley Hall High School
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Ashley Hall sets coaching assignments for 2018-19

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Charleston – One of the more successful athletic programs in all of SCISA resides at Ashley Hall School for girls and one of the main reasons for success is coaching stability.

Rarely does athletic director Franny Slay have to spend her summers interviewing and hiring coaches because most of the staff has remained the same for several years.

Last year, Slay had to replace coaches in track and lacrosse, but this summer appears to be on the quiet front in terms of coaching openings.

Slay, the winningest volleyball coach in SCISA history, will return in her role as the volleyball coach this fall while also maintaining her role as athletic director. Slay’s 2018volleyball team is expected to make a strong run at the AAA state title this season. The state’s best player, Mattison Matthews, returns to Ashley Hall for her senior season.

The Panthers finished as the state runner-ups last season and have been the state runner-up seven times in the last eight seasons. Slay, however, has won 11 state titles at Ashley Hall.

Slay is assisted on the varsity team by Amanda Tecklenburg and Arden Hare. Working with the bantam teams are Lauren Hall, Abby Grady, Erin Dunahoe, Lauren Bordeaux and Dana Molony.

Maggie Laney returns this fall as the head swimming coach and Anna Ruggiero will return as the archery coach. Veteran Gail Bailey is the cross country coach and Eliza Hay is the equestrian.

Jodie Runner will return in her duties as assistant athletic director and varsity basketball coach.

Kate O’Donnell will return to guide the school’s sailing program and Terese Dynjan returns as the head golf coach. The golf team finished as the 2015 state runner-up. Jon Watkins also continues to work with the golf team as well.

Mary Gastley returns in her role as the tennis coach during the fall. Amie Pierce will coach the junior varsity tennis team once again, assisted by Katie Phillips.

Marc Simpson guided the soccer team to the AAA state finals in 2016 and continues to build a program that is consistently among the best in SCISA Class AAA. Simpson will again be assisted by Andrea Muti and Sarah Evans.

Wendy Dammai will also return this year as the school’s head athletic trainer.

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