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Hammond hires new coaches for 2018-19

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Columbia – The coaching roster at Hammond School goes through very little change from year to year, which is a major reason why the school’s athletic department is annually one of the best in the SCISA ranks.

However, now and then change is inevitable. When coaching vacancies arise, athletic director Jeff Barnes puts on his hiring hat and fills positions with quality and capable replacements.

For the 2018-19 school year, Barnes was tasked with filling three varsity head coaching openings.

Barnes selected Rebekah Garbett to lead the school’s volleyball program this fall, with Janet Laine serving as the junior varsity head coach.

There were two major openings in spring sports. Veteran baseball coach Ray Derrick stepped down after 14 seasons and more than 250 career wins in May. Barnes did not have to look far for his replacement, promoting assistant Chris Braciszewski to the top spot.

Braciszewski just completed his second season as a varsity assistant and it was his second stint as an assistant at Hammond. He also served twice as an assistant at public school powerhouse A.C. Flora. While at Flora, Braciszewski was a part of four state championship teams.

The Hammond softball coach will also have new leadership in the spring as Barnes hired David Beecham to the post earlier this summer.

Head football coach Erik Kimrey returns in his capacity this fall, having led the program to nine state championships since taking over in 2004. The Skyhawks won the SCISA AAA title last November, completing a 12-0 season. It was the fifth unbeaten season for Kimrey.

Hammond’s 2018 football season opens on August 17th against Charlotte Country Day.

Heading up the junior varsity football program is Bralyn Bennett, who also heads up the track and field program during the spring sports season.

Noel Schuch returns to coach girls cross country this fall while George Simpson will coach the boys program. Fred Wadsworth will again coach girls and boys golf and Janice Thompson is the swim coach.

Marjan Lucas and Mark Beckford work in the girls tennis program while Cindi Muthig coaches the boys team in the spring.

Austin Hood is set to return as the wrestling coach while David Ross and Roshan Myers return as the boys and girls varsity basketball coaches, respectively.

Joy McMillion will again coach the Western Equestrian team while Taylor Myers coaches the Hunt Seat team.

 Adrian Pinasco is the boys soccer coach and Rafael Marquez coaches the girls soccer team. Billy Cantey handles the Sporting Clays team and Jonathan Patterson is the boys lacrosse coach.

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