FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Middle, high school athletics coaches
gather for district-wide convocation
BEAUFORT – More than 200 Beaufort County School District coaches and athletic directors from middle and high schools gathered at River Ridge Academy today for the fourth annual district-wide Coaches Convocation.
Workshops and guest speakers addressed topics related to the theme “Coaching with the Heart in Mind.” Chief Auxiliary Services Officer Gregory McCord said the annual event helps to create a consistent district-wide focus on following state competition rules, maintaining academic standards and ensuring student safety.
“Coaches are tremendously important figures in young people’s lives,” McCord said. “They teach the skills involved in the different sports, but it goes far beyond that. Coaches also teach life skills and help to build positive character traits in our young people.”
This year’s convocation keynote speakers were:
• Mark Hull, a 28-year athletics veteran who works with coaches nationwide on handling the high-pressure world of sports and the highs and lows of coaching.
• Alicia Sufrinko, a clinical neuropsychologist who works with coaches on how to better assess and manage sports-related concussions among adolescent athletes and better protect student safety.
Coaches also received updates on South Carolina High School League regulations, and district General Counsel Drew Davis briefed coaches on legal issues that affect middle and high school athletics.