James Island's Tom Hatley pondering future after removal as athletic director

  • Posted: Thursday, May 1, 2014 5:22 p.m., Updated: Thursday, May 1, 2014 6:00 p.m.
Tom Hatley has won 480 games and two state championships as baseball coach at James Island Charter High School. (File photo).

Tom Hatley has spent 31 years teaching and coaching at James Island Charter High School, but that tenure could be coming to an end. Hatley recently was removed by the school's Board of Directors as athletic director and is unsure what his future holds as the school's most successful baseball coach.

Hatley entered the Trojans' Class AAA first-round playoff game against Georgetown with 480 victories, all at James Island.

"They (the board) decided to go in a different direction as far as athletic director, which is certainly their right to do," said Hatley. "I'm still planning to return as the baseball coach. I have spent 31 years here and I would like to finish off my career here, but who knows? I still want to coach. Whether that's here at James Island or somewhere else, I feel like I still have a lot left in me."

The Trojans entered the playoffs with a 9-11 overall record, Hatley's first losing season as head coach. James Island lost seven games by one run.

"These boys have been great. We just haven't been able to close out the close games," he said. "I'm really proud of this team because they have never stopped working to get better. It's been frustrating for all of us, but they just keep plugging away."

Lacrosse honors


Bishop England girls lacrosse players Elena Bosco and Caitlin Greenho have been named first-team All-Americans by U.S. Lacrosse.

And from Academic Magnet, senior Hunter Leckonby was named All-Academic and won the Jackie Pitts Award, which "recognizes a graduating senior in each chapter who truly honors the game of lacrosse, is invested in the development of the game in her community, is an exceptional player who continually strives to improve her game, and is an exemplary member of her team," according to U.S. Lacrosse.

In addition, 12 Lowcountry players were named to U.S. Lacrosse's All-Academic team: From Wando, Christian Oliver; from West Ashley, Emily Pritchard, Yamaisi Errasti, Jayceen Edwards and Lauren Biggs; from Academic Magnet, Hunter Leckonby, Alexandra Gilbert, Hannah Waddell and Adelaide Basco; from Bishop England, Taylor Rice, Caitlin Greenho and Carolyn Roberts.

The girls first-team all-state lacrosse team, as named by the S.C. High School Lacrosse Coaches Association, includes Elena Bosco, Taylor Kennington, Isabel Burnett, Caitlin Greenho and Taylor Rice of Bishop England, and Casey Costello and Christian Oliver of Wando.

On the second team are Jessie Bunting and Christina Alexander of Wando; Jordan Mitchell and Carolyn Roberts of Bishop England; and Hunter Leckonby of Academic Magnet.

Sports physicals


Roper St. Francis is offering free sports physical exams to students in Charleston County on Saturday at Stall High School at 3635 Ashley Phosphate Road.

The physicals will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The signature of a parent or guardian is required on all forms.

For more information, contact Danielle Greenman at 843-991-8329 or at Danielle.Greenman@rsfh.com.

SCISA track meet


Defending AAA boys champion Porter-Gaud will be a favorite to repeat at Saturday's 2014 SCISA state track and field championships at Heathwood Hall in Columbia.

The Cyclones are loaded again in the distance running events and should dominate in the shot put and discus. The state meet will be the last official meet with veteran coach Larry Salley as the head coach.

Salley recently was named the school's athletic director and will hand over the reins of the track program to longtime assistant Hugh Knight. Knight also coaches the school's highly successful cross-country program, winner of four consecutive state championships.

Football combine


Summerville High School is hosting a Shrine Bowl football combine for rising senior football players on Saturday with registration beginning at noon.

Members of the 2014 South Carolina Shrine Bowl coaching staff, as well as members of the South all-star coaching staff for the North-South all-star game, will be on hand to evaluate and test prospective selections.

The cost to participate is $20, and combine participants are asked to bring cleats and running shoes. Placekickers and punters will register at noon with position players registering at 12:30 on the main gym on Summerville High's campus. The workout will take place on the football practice fields and the track.

Names and Games


Former Berkeley football coach Jerry Brown, fresh off a state championship at Class AA Batesburg-Leesville, has been named head coach at Spring Valley in Columbia. Brown led Berkeley to state titles in 1994, 1996 and 2009, and won a state championship at Spring Valley in 1988 ... Cane Bay senior shortstop Traci Howell, a six-year starter for the school's softball team, will sign with North Greenville. Howell has started every varsity game since the school's first season and will be an all-Region 7-AAAA selection for the sixth consecutive season.

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