Bret McCormick has been named assistant sports editor of The Herald.
McCormick joined The Herald in July 2012 as a sports reporter with primary responsibilities for covering Winthrop University, South Carolina and Clemson football and high schools in York, Chester and Lancaster counties. He previously was sports editor at the State Port Pilot in Southport, N.C. During his five years in Southport, McCormick won numerous awards from the North Carolina Press Association, including first place for sports featuring writing, sports columns and sports photography in the weekly 10,000 circulation category.
Since joining The Herald, McCormick has led the newspaper’s coverage of Winthrop, high schools and other local sports. His coverage has included the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships in 2012, Northwestern High School’s state football championship in December and Winthrop basketball coach Pat Kelsey’s emotional plea for change following the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012.
McCormick also has led the The Herald’s improved sports coverage at heraldonline.com and on social media, producing videos and constantly updating local sports fans on Twitter. Follow him on Twitter @bretjust1t or @RHHerald_Preps
“Bret’s work has been outstanding,” Herald editor Paul Osmundson said. “He has excellent news judgment, and he has the talent and experience to write compelling stories. While games and competitions are exciting, Bret understands that the best sports stories focus on the athletes and the coaches.”
McCormick, a 2007 graduate of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, has written stories about high school and college athletes who fight to overcome obstacles, and he’s told the personal stories of local players who succeed in a game, in a career or in life.
As assistant sports editor, he is responsible for organizing all of The Herald’s sports coverage, with an emphasis on local athletes, high schools and Winthrop University.
“The Herald for years has been the leader in covering local sports,” Osmundson said. “That coverage has gotten even better since Bret joined us. It will improve even more under Bret’s leadership.”