S’ville, Ashley Ridge announce new ADs

Brion Rutherford

Summerville and Ashley Ridge high schools announced the hiring of new athletic directors this week.

Summerville’s new athletic director, Brion Rutherford, leaves his post as principal at Oakbrook Middle School to replace John McKissick, who retired in June after 63 years on the job.

Rutherford is a 1994 graduate of Summerville and played football for McKissick. He later played football at Newberry College and joined Dorchester District 2 as a teacher in 1999.

He coached football, track and junior varsity basketball during his tenure at Summerville before making the move into school administration.

Rutherford earned his Masters in secondary education from The Citadel.

“This opportunity really kind of came out of the blue,” Rutherford said. “After hearing that Coach McKissick had finally retired I started to think that this would be a great way for me to combine all of the things that I am passionate about — helping students achieve their goals and athletics.

“It’s very humbling and I am very grateful for the opportunity. Summerville is passionate about athletics and it’s a special place for me. I look forward to serving our coaches, our athletes and our community.”

Randall Tucker, who was most recently an assistant principal at Ashley Ridge, becomes only the second athletic director in the school’s eight-year history. Tucker replaces Bobby Behr, who stepped down in May.

“It’s an exciting time and a great opportunity for me,” said Tucker, whose wife Heather is the head softball coach at Summerville. “Even while I was in administration, I obviously still had a great love for athletics. When this position opened up, I just felt it was the right time and the perfect match for me. It’s pretty hectic right now with the fall sports about to get cranked up but I am catching up as quickly as I can.”

Tucker, a Stratford High graduate and former all-state basketball player, has never been a varsity head coach on the high school level but served for several years as an assistant basketball and football coach. He was a member of the coaching staff at Summerville during its 2007-08 run to the Class AAAA state basketball championship. He has been an assistant principal at Ashley Ridge since 2011, serving as an athletic game administrator as part of his duties.

Tucker is a graduate of Winthrop University with a Masters of Education from The Citadel. He could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Wando has a new girls’ basketball coach for the 2015-16 season as athletic director Bob Hayes announced the hiring of Jeff Emory as the replacement for veteran coach Mickey Hunter.

Hunter recently retired from coaching after nine seasons at Wando. Hunter compiled a 108-65 record at Wando and won 175 games as the coach at Myrtle Beach High School prior to his time at Wando.

Emory spent the last two seasons as the varsity boys’ basketball coach at Stall High School.

Fort Dorchester High School will name Ronnie Sayer as its new head baseball coach, according to athletic director Steve LaPrad. Sayer has been the head coach at Stall for the last three years and replaces Jack Radcliffe in 2016.

Ashley Ridge’s football program welcomes two new coordinators this fall. Eric Bendig comes from Wando to coordinate the offense while former Goose Creek assistant Rob D’Amato will coordinate the Swamp Foxes’ defense.

Former Coastal Carolina offensive lineman Matt Manning is the new head football coach at Palmetto Christian Academy. Manning was an assistant at PCA last season and also in 2010.

of came out of the blue,” Rutherford said. “After hearing that Coach McKissick had finally retired I started to think that this would be a great way for me to combine all of the things that I am passionate about — helping students achieve their goals and athletics.

“It’s very humbling and I am very grateful for the opportunity. Summerville is passionate about athletics and it’s a special place for me. I look forward to serving our coaches, our athletes and our community.”

Randall Tucker, who was most recently an assistant principal at Ashley Ridge, becomes only the second athletic director in the school’s eight-year history. Tucker replaces Bobby Behr, who stepped down in May.

“It’s an exciting time and a great opportunity for me,” said Tucker, whose wife Heather is the head softball coach at Summerville. “Even while I was in administration, I obviously still had a great love for athletics. When this position opened up, I just felt it was the right time and the perfect match for me. It’s pretty hectic right now with the fall sports about to get cranked up but I am catching up as quickly as I can.”

Tucker, a Stratford High graduate and former all-state basketball player, has never been a varsity head coach on the high school level but served for several years as an assistant basketball and football coach. He was a member of the coaching staff at Summerville during its 2007-08 run to the Class AAAA state basketball championship. He has been an assistant principal at Ashley Ridge since 2011, serving as an athletic game administrator as part of his duties.

Tucker is a graduate of Winthrop University with a Masters of Education from The Citadel. He could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Wando has a new girls’ basketball coach for the 2015-16 season as athletic director Bob Hayes announced the hiring of Jeff Emory as the replacement for veteran coach Mickey Hunter.

Hunter recently retired from coaching after nine seasons at Wando. Hunter compiled a 108-65 record at Wando and won 175 games as the coach at Myrtle Beach High School prior to his time at Wando.

Emory spent the last two seasons as the varsity boys’ basketball coach at Stall High School.

Fort Dorchester High School will name Ronnie Sayer as its new head baseball coach, according to athletic director Steve LaPrad. Sayer has been the head coach at Stall for the last three years and replaces Jack Radcliffe in 2016.

Ashley Ridge’s football program welcomes two new coordinators this fall. Eric Bendig comes from Wando to coordinate the offense while former Goose Creek assistant Rob D’Amato will coordinate the Swamp Foxes’ defense.

Former Coastal Carolina offensive lineman Matt Manning is the new head football coach at Palmetto Christian Academy. Manning was an assistant at PCA last season and also in 2010.