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Butcher takes over as Berkeley athletic director this fall

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Moncks CornerBerkeley High’s athletic department will have a new leader for the 2018-19 school year.

After the retirement of Charlie Harrison as athletic director, principal Steven Steele announced the hiring of former Berkeley coach Katherine Butcher as the new assistant principal of athletics.

Butcher began her coaching career at Berkeley in 2002, coaching junior varsity for a year before taking a job with U.S. Navy. She later taught at a Department of Defense school and worked in Iceland as a strength and conditioning coach. From 2006-12, she worked as a teacher and coach at Holston High School in Damascus, Virginia. Butcher returned to Berkeley in 2012 as an English teacher and has worked as an academy coach and administrative assistant.

“I’m very excited to have somebody that is a member of the Berkeley High School family with a background in athletics, being a former Division I athlete, a former head coach of multiple sports and been working with administration the last five years to step into this very important role at Berkeley High School,” Steele said.

Butcher is honored to be given the opportunity to work with Berkeley High and “one of the top athletic programs in the state.” Her immediate goals are to improve the overall fan experience at home events and to give each athlete an equal chance at succeeding.

“First, we are looking at some things we can do to enhance the fan experience, things like online ticketing,” Butcher said. “We have great community support here. I want to get out and meet those people and find out what we can do to make their experience at our home games even better.

“Second, I feel it is highly important for us to treat each athlete as if they are going to the next level. There are things we need to be doing to help every athlete. Academic and guidance things, in addition to coaching them on the field. We have to involve the parents and students as freshmen and make sure we are doing everything we can to make them eligible to play on the college level.”

Steele indicated recently there remains a varsity head coaching position available in wrestling but he expects to have a coach in place by mid-August.

All of the other varsity head coaches will return to their positions for the coming year.

Randy Robinson is set for his third season as the head football coach, coming off a 12-2 campaign in 2017. The Stags return quality talent on both sides of the ball this fall and should be a state title contender in Class AAAAA.

Joining Berkeley in the new region 7-AAAAA this year are Cane Bay, Stratford, Goose Creek, James Island and Wando.

Melissa Hicks will return to coach the boys and girls cross country teams while Courtney Simmons is back for her second season as the head volleyball coach.

Paige Austell will coach the girls golf team in the fall and Michael Eubinag will coach the boys golf team in the spring. Melissa Ray will coach the boys and girls swim teams.

Landy Cox returns to head up the baseball program while Kelly Dillon is back as the softball coach. Dillon guided the program to a fourth consecutive region championship this past spring.

In basketball, Joseph Wallace is the varsity boys coach and will be seeking a third consecutive region title this season. Former Berkeley star player Crystal Peace continues in her role as the girls varsity coach.

Will Chassereau returns as the girls soccer coach while Sukil Yom is the boys soccer coach. Michael Peppers will direct the boys and girls track program, aided by several coaches.

Charles Sweeney will coach the boys tennis team next spring while Joe Harnage returns as the successful girls tennis coach.

Speaking of tennis, among facility improvements at the school, a set of six brand new tennis courts will be unveiled in August. The former set of four courts was replaced over the summer with top of the line courts to be available for the upcoming girls tennis season.

 

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