Returning to Charleston for the 2016 All-Sports Clinic was certainly a positive move. All hotel room blocks were filled, pre-registration was up to 5,874, and there was a lot of registration on site and foot traffic for the vendors. Hopefully, everyone is happy!! Now, to the real meat of the clinic…the sessions.
Sunday afternoon’s kick-off with Coach Jimbo Fisher of FSU attracted a very large crowd, and we were on from there with large numbers in attendance at all sessions. The Middle School sessions really took off with Alexis Glover of Wando and Mike Srock of Byrnes as speakers focusing on just middle school issues. Leah O’Brien-Amico, a 3-time Olympic Medalist in Softball, highlighted the Softball sessions, as well as, the FCA Luncheon. Golf coaches utilized the Coosaw Creek Country Club for a session, Wrestling coaches heard from Pat Popolizio of NC State, and Basketball coaches heard from former USC women players. Plus, the clinic hosted staffs from Clemson, The Citadel, College of Charleston, Charleston Southern, and welcomed Coach Will Muschamp of USC, as well as, Superintendents from Greenwood 50, Charleston, Spartanburg 6, and Calhoun County speaking on the “Professional Expectations of Coaches”. We applaud all chairpersons of each sport for the hard work of recruiting outstanding individuals to lead sessions. The SCACA staff works earnestly in trying to address all issues of coaching life from spiritual to financial to retirement.
Tuesday’s Business Meeting is always important and particularly this year with the new realignment and classification. The SCACA Board is expanding to 19 Board of Directors to accommodate the changes.
- The newly elected Board Members are Robert D’Amato (5A Lower), Ashley Ridge H.S.; Chris Hamilton (4A Upper), South Aiken; Dann Holland (3A Lower), Pelion.; Zach Norris (2A Upper), Keenan; and Kenneth Tucker (1A Lower), Bethune-Bowman. In addition, Debbie Stroman (4A Lower), Lower Richland was appointed to complete the term of Brandon Smith. New individuals bring new representation, ideas, and energy. We look forward to working with all of these.
- Elected as the 2016-17 officers were Pres., Randy Stogner (Manning), David Byrd (Cheraw), 1st VP, and Brandon Smith (Lexington), 2nd
- Most importantly, $23,050 was contributed to the Scholarship Fund by the Auxiliary Associations. This is $3000 more than 2015. The 2016 Herlong Recipients photos were continually displayed during the meeting.
We want to support and serve our state coaches in this most efficient manner. We are continually pursuing how to improve and utilize on-line services. We appreciate your feedback in regards to any issues. Again, there is no fee increase for SCACA membership, which provides liability insurance coverage for both on-field and classroom. The SCACA office will accept membership to Dec. 20.
If you missed the All-Sports Clinic this year, make plans to join us in Charleston, July 23-26, 2017.
REMEMBER! AN ORGANIZATION IS ONLY AS STRONG AND EFFECTIVE AS ITS MEMBERSHIP. WE VALUE YOU AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE AS YOUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.