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Thomas Heyward shuffles coaching staff for 2018-19

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Ridgeland – One of the keys to athletic successes over the years at Thomas Heyward Academy has been coaching staff stability.

However, in recent years there has been some movement among the varsity coaching staff. Athletic director Nic Shuford, a 2001 graduate of Thomas Heyward, has been a mainstay as the football coach for the last decade, adding athletic director duties four years ago.

The 2018-19 school year will see several head coaching changes among varsity programs but Shuford is confident that teams will continue to compete for region titles.

This fall, the volleyball program will have a new head coach as Ruby Quick is back for her second stint as a Thomas Heyward coach.

In the spring, junior varsity softball coach Trish Bryan will move up to varsity head coaching position, replacing veteran Bob Layman, who built a state title-contending program over the last decade.

Shuford will return as the varsity football head coach but says Taylor Malphrus will assume duties as head junior varsity coach.

Layman is expected to return as the varsity head boys basketball coach in the winter while Chris Tillotson is due back to coach girls basketball. Tillotson coaches both the varsity and jayvee team while Earl Page will coach junior varsity boys.

Seth Davis will coach the boys golf team in the spring and Leon Etheridge will return for his second season as head baseball coach. Jeff Richardson handles the sporting clay target team and Michael Heath runs the strength and speed program.

Excitement is building for the start of the 2018 football season. The Rebels will get an earlier start than usual this year, opening on August 11th in the SECIS kickoff classic in Birmingham, Alabama. The Rebels are slated to play the 4 p.m game in the Cramton Bowl against Brookhaven Academy of Mississippi.

First Baptist, the two-time defending state AA SCISA champions, has played in the SECIS classic in each of the last two years.

Thomas Heyward will return home and head back on the field a week later, taking on Hilton Head Christian on August 17th.

 The Rebels posted a 9-3 record last season, winning eight in a row before a second-round playoff loss to Pee Dee Academy. Sophomore running back JR Patterson is a key returning player this season. Patterson rushed for 1,700 yards last season.

 

 

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