2005-03-04 / Sports

District Two fills positions

By Jim Seay

Two more athletic directors and several head coaches have been approved for new positions at Richland Northeast and the soon–to–open Blythewood High Schools.

At RNE, 16–year educator/coach Mike Starnes was named to take the athletic director’s post to replace Barry Mizzell, the school’s head baseball coach and acting athletic director. Starnes taught at Chesterfield High School while serving as an assistant football and head basketball coach. He also has experience as an assistant coach at Walterboro, and head coach at St. George. He was with Ridge View five years and the Cavaliers for the past five seasons as the defensive coordinator.

“We’re working to keep people in place who are committed to being here for the long haul,” Starnes said. “We haven’t had to interview a new baseball coach in more than a decade. That’s the kind of consistency we need.

The hiring process is ongoing for the Blythewood Bengals’ sports teams. Ridge View’s Vince Lowry, boys’ head basketball coach, has assumed the position of athletic director for the new school that will open in August.

“We believe in getting the best quality folks in every position, people who are excellent teachers and coaches,” asserted Lowry. “We’re fortunate to get exactly who we need.”

The choices reflect a collection of proven winning veterans and young, outstanding talent to fill some of the most vital positions.

One is the crafty and successful veteran baseball coach Barry Mizzell, hired from Richland Northeast. His resumé is filled with accomplishments including the 2001 Class AAAA State Championship and the 2004 region title.

The first head football coach at Blythewood transfers from Ridge View. He is 24–year–old Jeff Scott. Another bright young coach is Fletcher Signer, who departs the highly successful Blazers soccer program. He’ll head the new Bengal’s boy’s team of booters.

Scott, former Clemson special teams standout and Brad Scott’s son, has been a part of winning programs beginning with his career as a baseball and football player at Hammond School.

“I’d rather be like (legendary Summerville) Coach John McKissick,” said Scott. “I think high school football is the purest form of the sport, and I want to be in the position of teaching kids values beyond the game itself.”

Also included in the list of Blythewood coaches is Ron Intermill who will complete this season as head boys’ golf coach at Ridge View.

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