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Dorchester Academy returns coaching staff intact for 2018-19

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

St. George – When things are going well and teams are competing for championships, why change?

That’s the attitude of Dorchester Academy second-year athletic director Chris Myers. As the head of the department, one of his jobs is to fill coaching vacancies. Fortunately, Myers has not had to spend much time in that area since taking over as athletic director.

Myers, who is beginning his fifth season as the head football coach at Dorchester Academy, reports no “official” coaching changes for the 2018-19 school year. Things could certainly change over time but Myers says the program remains consistent with its coaches for the present.

“You know, sometimes things happen, but as far as we know for now, everyone will return in their same capacity as we had last year,” Myers said. “We’re on a good run right now in terms of success. Our teams are competing very well in our region, and we’ve won some state titles. Things are on the upswing. Our coaches work hard at their sport and our athletes are performing well.”

The school’s baseball and softball teams each won their second consecutive Class A state championships this past spring. Josh Mitchum just completed his first season as the baseball coach and is set to return with another talented team next spring.

The husband-wife duo of Jack and Kim Reeves will continue to lead the softball program. With most of last year’s team returning, the Raiders will be the team to beat in 2019.

The girls basketball team won a state title two years ago and made a good run this past season. Callie McClure will return for her third season as head coach this winter.

Myers’ hope is that he can continue to build the football program into a championship contender. Boys basketball and volleyball also look to improve this coming year. Myers’ football staff will again consist of Brandon McClure, Chris Hutto and Richard Purvis.

Thomas McAlhany is scheduled to return as the varsity boys basketball coach. Paige Jordan will return as the volleyball coach, and also coaches the new equestrian program.

Penny Fender heads up the cheerleading groups. Dorchester has a competition team as well as a spirit squad.

Joe Johnston will return as the boys golf coach in the spring.

One addition to the administrative staff is Sheryl Young, who joins the program as an assistant to Myers. Young, who was the volleyball coach at Holly Hill Academy the last few years, may also assist in volleyball and basketball.

“She will be a big asset to me and to the entire department,” said Myers of Young.

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