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War Eagles return most of coaching staff from last season

 

By Justin Driggers

Special Correspondent

 

Greeleyville – C.E. Murray athletic director Chad Wilkes’ noticed two encouraging aspects of his athletic programs heading into the 2018-19 season:

They’ve had a pretty good amount of success recently, and perhaps not coincidently, they return a lot of experience.

“I think I’m actually on the low end in terms of (experience),” Wilkes said of his staff. “Everyone else has been doing it for a whole lot longer than I have. They all know what they’re doing and this athletic program has had a lot of success over the last few years.

“It’s just good to have everyone back in place. I know everything is going to be done the way it needs to be done. It really just takes a lot of the burden off of me.”

Wilkes’ football team was among those earning recent success. The War Eagles went 11-2 a year ago and played for the Class A lower state championship a year after playing in the state title game.

Also back in the fold are boys basketball coach Neilson Hilton and head girls basketball coach Natasha Bryant. The boys made it to the third round of the lower state playoffs last season while the girls made the second round.

The C.E. Murray track teams have produced state runners in recent years and both coaches return to continue that tradition. Sargent Earnest Taylor guides the boys while long-time coach Sonja Rush-Harvin once again leads the girls.

Jasper Graham returns to coach the baseball team while Retha Thompson is also back guiding the Lady War Eagles’ softball program.

“Everything is stable with pretty much everybody coming back,” Wilkes said. “I know we’re going to have a lot of success based on those coaches that are back in place.”

Wilkes still has two positions left to fill as the volleyball and golf teams are still in search of new coaches.

“It’s a process that just takes a little bit longer sometimes,” Wilkes said. “We’ve got to make sure they’re teachers and certified and things like that. But we’re going to do our best to make sure we choose the right candidates for the job.”

 

 

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