After two years away from the gym, legendary Burke High School basketball coach Earl Brown is back in the game.
Brown, who retired with more than 750 career coaching victories, has been hired as the boys head coach at Cross High School for the coming year.
“They needed a coach and I wanted to coach again,” Brown, 69, said Wednesday at the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association clinic. “It’s a year-to-year thing right now but I am looking forward to it.”
The coaching staff for South Carolina’s team in the Shrine Bowl all-star football game and coaches for the North-South all-star games were announced on the final day of the SCACA clinic at the Charleston Area Convention Center.
Hanahan coach Charlie Patterson will be a member of the Shrine Bowl staff. Bishop England coach John Cantey, Baptist Hill’s Marion Brown and Ashley Ridge assistant Joe Hauff will coach for the South all-stars in the North-South game.
For the third consecutive year, the Wando volleyball program has been honored as one of the nation’s top academic teams.
Wando recently was one of 260 schools from around the country, and one of four in South Carolina, to receive the AVCA Team Academic Award. The other in-state schools are Dorman, Greenwood and T.L. Hanna.
The award, which was initiated in 1992-93, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale, or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.
Wando has won the last two Class AAAA state championships and will enter the 2016 season as the state’s top-ranked AAAAA team.
Colleton County head baseball coach Percy Knight has resigned after eight seasons and will assume duties as an assistant coach at West Ashley High School.
Knight, who also has coached at Summerville and Wando in his 24-year coaching career, said he’s looking forward to the new opportunity.
“I have truly enjoyed working at Colleton County over the past eight years and will miss a lot of good people there,” Knight said. “As we grow older and family needs change, I felt it was time to make that change to be closer to home and my family.
“I appreciate all of the many fine people who supported me at Colleton County. We had great assistant coaches and great support from the community and the parents. I wish nothing but the best for the baseball program and those who continue to support it. And, I look forward to working with coach Tyson Azevedo at West Ashley this year.”
The South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association announced Wednesday that the annual North-South all-star games will be moved back to Columbia. The games have been played in Myrtle Beach for the past few years. The games also will now be played the week following the state championships, before school is out for the summer. Past games were played in mid-June but summer baseball obligations and post-graduation senior trips affected the attendance of the players that were selected.
Two years ago, the organization had to replace 30 players on the eight rosters and there were 20 replacement players this past year.
The association also is expected to end the SC/NC select all-star games for similar reasons. There may be a South Carolina-only select all-star game to be played with the North-South games.
Also, the underclassmen showcase prospect camp will be moved to a fall date to better accommodate players’ involvement.