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Berkeley coaching staff remains virtually intact

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Moncks Corner – Except for a change in girls golf, the Berkeley High varsity coaching staff remains intact for the coming 2019-20 school year.

Principal Steven Steele announced the hiring of Stephanie Peagler as the new girls golf coach earlier this summer. Peagler has past coaching experience in volleyball and basketball at Holly Hill Academy and Lake Marion High School. She has been a teacher at Berkeley for five years but this will be her first as a member of the coaching staff.

“I’m excited and thankful for the opportunity to coach girls golf at BHS,” Peagler says.

As the fall sports season begins with preseason practices in early August, the cross country teams will be directed by Melissa Hicks, who will coach the boys and girls teams.

Courtney Simmons returns as the volleyball coach while Joe Harnage coaches the successful girls tennis team. Melissa Ray will head up the swim program.

Randy Robinson is set for his fourth season as the head football coach. Robinson has guided the Stags to a 32-7 record in his first three seasons, including 23 wins in the last two years.

Robinson has made one significant change in his varsity coaching staff, bringing in Kevin Brown as the quarterbacks and running backs coach. Brown, a former Berkeley quarterback who has spent the last decade as a college coach, will also serve as co-offensive coordinator. He will share duties with returning coordinator Brandon Cantrell, who will also coach the offensive line.

Cam Willis returns as the receivers coach. Gary Christensen is the defensive coordinator and line coach. Mike Ward coaches inside linebackers and Brett Fields coaches the outside linebackers. Fred Edwards works with the secondary. Cole Faulkner heads up the junior varsity and b-team programs.

The football staff has their work cut out for them in 2019 as they look to replace a host of veteran players from last year’s team.

The heavy losses came on an balanced offense that posted huge numbers. A 2,000-yard passer, a 1,500-yard rusher, two Division I signees at receiver and several starting linemen.

As expected, the offense was behind during the spring but Robinson is encouraged.

“Yeah, we have a lot of work to do on offense,” Robinson said. “I like the kids we have though. They are working really hard to do what we ask them to do. They just lack the experience. There aren’t many programs that can lose all the guys we lost and just keep going. We’re going to be okay in the end but we had a lot to learn this spring.”

Robinson says the quarterback and receiver play showed steady progress during the summer 7-on-7 passing leagues. Coming out of the spring, senior Trae Chisolm is the projected starter at quarterback. Chisolm is a solid athlete who saw time as a safety last season.

Expected to step up at receiver are Eric Green, Solomon Butler and Hakeem Meggett.

“Those guys can play and they have waited their chance to move up and here it is,” Robinson said. “We really limited some of the passing during the spring. We have a lot to learn. The line has a lot to learn too. We just tried to bring some guys along.”

Robinson says the defense is ahead of the offense coming out of spring. The entire secondary must be replaced but there are some solid players with experience returning in the front seven.

Senior Jake Dunn will be the biggest returner at linebacker. Dunn has led the team in tackles the last two years. Another linebacker with experience is Ty Haynes.

Julie Dobbs returns to direct the competition cheerleaders.

In the winter, Joseph Wallace is back as the boys basketball coach. The Stags were Class AAAAA state runner-ups last season, marking the first time in school history the program has played for a state title.

Former Berkeley star player Crystal Peace will return as the varsity girls basketball coach. Greg Hutchison will return for his second season as the wrestling coach.

Heading into the spring, Landy Cox will return as the head baseball coach. Cox has built the program into a perennial contender for region and Lower State championships.

Another successful program is the softball program, led by Kelly Dillon. The Stags have won three consecutive region titles and have made solid runs in the state playoffs.

 Sukil Yom is the varsity boys soccer coach and Will Chassereau heads up the varsity girls program. Tyler Dawson is the boys tennis coach while Michael Peppers and Leanna Morrison coach the boys and girls track teams.

 

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