×Wando announces three varsity coaching changes
By David Shelton
Mt. Pleasant – Wando High athletic director Bob Hayes has announced three varsity coaching changes for the 2015-16 school year, including two in basketball.
Both the boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball programs will have new leaders this winter. Taking over as the boys’ head coach is Chris Warzynski while Jeff Emory will head up the girls’ basketball program.
Warzynski is replacing David Eaton, who left the school for a head coaching position in Georgia. Eaton guided the Warriors to their first and only state championship two years ago.
Warzynski, a 2003 graduate and former player at Charleston Southern University, was an assistant at Wando for the last seven years. The Warriors were 131-49 with three region titles during his tenure as an assistant. Warzynski, says Hayes, was the logical choice to take over the program.
“We had a lot of good candidates apply but we felt like, when it was all said and done, Chris stood out not only because of his familiarity with our program but because of everything he can bring to the table as a basketball coach,” Hayes said. “He has a great basketball mind but, more importantly, he really connects with the kids. To me, that’s the key.”
Mickey Hunter, Wando’s girls’ coach since 2008, decided to retire from coaching after the 2014-15 season. Hunter guided the program to a region 7-AAAA runner-up finish this past season and 17-8 record. Hunter was 108-65 at Wando and he stabilized a program that had seen five coaches in an eight-year span before being hired. Prior to Wando, Hunter was 175-42 with eight region titles at Myrtle Beach High School
Emory comes to Wando from Stall High School where he spent the last two years as the boys’ varsity coach, posting a 23-20 record.
“Coach Emory is a really good, sound basketball coach and he will be able to continue the good work that coach Hunter did with the program,” said Hayes.
Another new coach on the varsity coaching ledger for the 2015-16 school year is in girls’ tennis where Eric Praedel will take over the program.
The Wando varsity football coaching staff also will have two new faces this season. Head coach Jimmy Noonan announced the hiring of Zach Neal and Bryce Lybrand to the staff.
Neal, a recent graduate of Presbyterian College, will coach the tight ends. Neal is the son of current Camden High head coach Jimmy Neal.
Lybrand comes to Wando from Fort Dorchester High School and will coach the wide receivers.
“All of our other varsity head coaches are returning, which is something we like to see,” said Hayes. “Our coaches work very hard and do a great job.”