Pinewood Prep’s Beatty leaving for job in Charlotte
Pinewood Prep athletic director and girls basketball coach Nancy Beatty has been named the athletic director of Providence Day School in Charlotte.
Beatty, who has been basketball coach for 11 years and AD for four, will assume her new position July 1.
“It’s an outstanding opportunity,” said Beatty, who led the Panthers’ basketball team to four state championships, including the last three in a row. “I am hanging up my whistle. I am not coaching. I am sad about that. But the school has an excellent reputation for academics and athletics.”
Beatty coached at Ohio’s Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, the same school that produced NBA phenom LeBron James, before she came to the Lowcountry. She led the Irish to a state championship.
She arrived in Summerville and built the Panthers into SCISA’s best. She compiled a 321-130 record at Pinewood Prep.
“Pinewood has been a great experience,” Beatty said. “It was great to be part of the family and community. This was not an easy thing. But this takes me to new heights and allows different opportunities.”
The school is searching for an athletic director and has named Tony Bulford the new basketball coach. He has been at the school since 2000.
Rugby South Carolina will hold its high school club team state championships April 20 at the Crooked Creek Park in Chapin.
Chapin Eagles Rugby and Wando Rugby Club will vie for the state championship at 2 p.m.
Chapin will play in its third championship while Wando will be looking for the upset in its first appearance in the championship.
Wando advanced with a victory over the Greer Spartans at Furman University. The Wando club won, 13-12, in the last two minutes of play.
The top two teams in the newly formed Division 2, Carolina Dragons (Fort Mill) and the Charleston Gladiators, will vie for the Division 2 title at 11:30 a.m. Both teams are making their first appearance at the championships.
The Charleston Gladiators team is made up of players from Fort Dorchester and Stall. The Gladiators advanced to the final with a 27-22 victory over the Greenville Red Raiders.
Sebastian Hilaire, a 6-3, 255-pound defensive end for James Island, signed a letter of intent to play for Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn.
Hilaire was a two- year starter for the Trojans and was all- region.
In two years, he had 79 tackles, including 10 for a loss. He logged five sacks.
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