Hilton Head Christian gearing up for another athletic year
By David Shelton
Hilton Head – With vacations and summer camps out of the way, the time for true competition has come as the 2016-17 school year has arrived.
High schools all over the state are gearing up for the return of students and fall sports athletic teams are ready to begin solid preparations for the coming season.
Hilton Head Christian Academy is one such school whose athletes are ready to show their wares in SCISA competition. Athletic director Kenny Conroy is confident that his coaching staff for the coming year will again work hard to help the student-athletes enjoy success in their area of competition.
The fall sports campaign will kick off in August with the start of the football, volleyball, swimming, cross country, girls’ tennis and girls’ golf. The stability within the coaching staff should lead to competitive teams.
Matt Smith returns as the head football coach. Smith will be in his second season as the head coach and seeks to turn around the fortunes after a disappointing season last year. Returning as the middle school football coach is Ric Malon.
The Hilton Head Christian volleyball program has been a solid state contender over the last few seasons and coach Steve DeSimone returns to guide that program. He is assisted by junior varsity coach Drew Dale and middle school coach Bay Grinder.
Heading up the swimming program is Melanie Hilton while Eric Wammock returns as the tennis coach for both the boys’ and girls’ programs.
Parker Collins will coach the girls’ golf team and James Berry will direct the cross country team.
Conroy will return as the girls’ basketball coach. The program has been highly successful over the last two years, winning a state championship to cap the 2014-15 season.
Mac Tamminen will return as the varsity boys’ basketball coach. Assisting in the girls’ program is Scott Mallon and assisting in the boys’ program is Scott Berkner. Working in the junior varsity boys’ program is Dave Hill and Mike Colella works in the middle school basketball program.
Smith coaches the baseball team during the spring, assisted by Eric Sonberg. Dylan Curtis is the head boys’ soccer coach, assisted by Joe Short. Jason Suddeth is the boys’ golf coach.
Currently, varsity openings remain in girls’ soccer and in the clay target shooting program. Those openings will be filled by early fall.