Stability in coaching staff leads to success at Wando High
By David Shelton
Mt. Pleasant – Wando High athletic director Bob Hayes enters his 17th year at the school in 2016-17 and the long-time coach and administrator says stability within the coaching staff is a big reason why Wando competes across the board.
Hayes rarely has to spend his summer doing interviews for hirings because he is able to maintain a quality coaching staff at the state’s largest school. Other than a hiring a new girls’ lacrosse coach this summer, Hayes says the rest of the school’s varsity coaching staff returns intact.
Wando annually competes for state championships in several sports and usually wins their share of state titles. Last year, the school won AAAA state titles in volleyball, girls’ track, boys’ lacrosse, boys’ cross country and girls’ tennis.
The volleyball program is headed up by Alexis Glover, who is the state’s winningest coach in her sport. Wando has won back-to-back state titles and will enter 2016 as the top-ranked team in the newly formed class AAAAA.
Jimmy Noonan has more than 100 career wins as the school’s head football coach and seeks a return to state playoff action this fall. Bret Davis leads the boys’ cross country program and returns his top five runners from last fall’s state championship team.
Jennifer Johnson heads up the girls’ cross country team and returns six of her top seven runners from last year’s team.
The girls’ golf team finished fourth in the state tournament last fall and Jeff Emory returns as the coach of that squad. Emory also will return for his second season as the girls’ basketball coach, which finished second in the region and earned a trip to the state playoffs last season.
Eric Praedel returns as the girls’ tennis coach this fall while Cheryl Durden will again head up the swimming program. The boys’ team was state runner-up last fall while the girls’ team placed fifth.
Chris Warzynski returns for his second season as head coach of the boys’ basketball team this winter. Tyler Ann Smith will again direct the cheerleaders.
Dirk Thomas returns as the head baseball coach and Steve Legette is back as the softball coach. Shilo Tisdale has won three state titles as the boys’ soccer coach and Shannon Champ has won six state titles as the girls’ soccer coach.
Kevin Shiver, a veteran of 16 years, guides the track program and Winde Ellenberg will again coach the boys’ tennis team. Jerry Lloyd’s golf program is a perennial participant in the AAAA state tournament and Lance Renes, who has won three of the last four state titles in boys’ lacrosse, will return as coach next spring.
The new girls’ lacrosse coach is Brooke Black.