It took only a few days for West Ashley High School to fill its baseball head coaching position. Three days after Mitch Miggenburg stepped down, the school announced the hiring of Tyson Azevedo as his replacement.
Azevedo comes to West Ashley from Wando, where he spent the last eight years as an assistant coach. In addition to his varsity role, Azevedo headed up the junior varsity program for the last five years. This will be Azevedo's first varsity head coaching position, but he feels he is more than prepared.
"I've had eight great years at Wando, working under three great baseball coaches, and I have been preparing myself for this opportunity," said Azevedo, a 2000 Stall High graduate. "I am so excited to be given this chance. I know I have some big shoes to fill and coach Miggenburg is someone I consider a great friend. It's an honor for me to replace him and I hope to continue to build upon the great work that he did here."
Azevedo says Miggenburg called him on Sunday to let him know that he was resigning and says Miggenburg encouraged him to seek the position. Azevedo says leaving Wando was not an easy decision, but one he felt he had to make at this stage of his coaching career.
"Wando is family and I love those kids and wish them the very best, but it's time for me to see what I can do with my own program," said the coach. "I would not leave Wando for just any job. It had to be the right situation and West Ashley, with its solid foundation and great support system, is a great situation."
Wando High outfielder Kep Brown has been selected to participate in the Perfect Game All-American Classic as a member of the East squad.
The game will be played Aug. 10 at Petco Park in San Diego, Calif., and will be televised live on the MLB network.
Brown, a 6-5, 210-pound right-handed hitter, is one of the state's top prospects and plays during the summer with the Atlanta Blue Jays.
Powers to Newberry
West Ashley soccer player Morgan Powers has signed to play at Newberry College this fall. Powers, a midfielder/forward, played in the Clash of the Carolina's All-Star game earlier this month.
Jacques to Charlotte
Wando rising senior tight end Ben Jacques recently made his verbal commitment to Charlotte. The 6-6, 215-pounder is rated as one of the state's top senior tight end prospects and also had an offer from Charleston Southern.
With the start of the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association annual clinic starting on Sunday in Greenville, now is a time to take a look at several milestones that area coaches are closing in on this coming school year.
Wando volleyball coach Alexis Glover, the career win leader in South Carolina prep history, enters this season with 788 victories. Glover should reach the 800-win plateau early on this fall. Wando has won one state title and seven lower state titles under Glover.
Ashley Hall volleyball coach Franny Slay begins her 30th season at the helm with 639 career victories. Slay is the career wins leader in SCISA history and has guided her alma mater to 11 state titles.
Bishop England girls' basketball coach Paul Runey will join the 600-win club this coming season. Runey, who led Bishop England to its second state title in three years last season, enters this coming year with 590 career wins. He would become the sixth coach in state history to win 600 games.
New AD at P-G
Larry Salley, the head track and field coach at Porter-Gaud for the last 15 years, took over as the school's athletic director on July 1, replacing the retiring Ed Steers. Salley is a 1987 graduate of the school.
"Mr. Steers will be a hard act to follow, but I am looking forward to continuing the great work he did in making our athletic program one of the best in the state," said Salley.
When area high schools open preseason football practices next week, nine local schools will have new head coaches. The list includes James Island (Ike Allred), Stratford (Joe Marion), Stall (Joe Bessinger), First Baptist (Johnny Waters), Palmetto Christian (Chris Shimakonis), Colleton Prep (Thad Wells), Dorchester Academy (Chris Myers), St. John's Christian (John McCall) and Faith Christian (Dale Feagin).