Fort Mill Sports

Jackets hire new coaches for 2015-2016 season

The coaching carousel is turning at Fort Mill High with the hiring of three new coaches and at least one more to come.

Boys’ soccer coach Lloyd Chalker resigned because of a growing work load from his job, he said. Chalker has been at Fort Mill as head coach for the past 10 seasons and posted a winning season and postseason appearances ever year, including guiding the Jackets to four region championships and its only state championship in 2012.

“We hate we are losing him,” said Fort Mill athletic director Dwayne Hartsoe. “I have nothing but good things to say about him. He has been a benefit to our program.”

Hartsoe is taking resumes for the boys’ soccer position and hopes to have someone hired by the end of the school year, but said that may be difficult depending on teaching positions that are open at the school.

Fort Mill has also hired three new coaches.

In cross-country, Kyle Pearson takes over for Terrance Herrington, who coached the sport for the past couple seasons. Pearson has served as an assistant under Herrington and teaches at the school.

“Coach Pearson is in school every day, so that should help in the recruiting process,” Hartsoe said.

In boys’ golf, the Jackets hired Judd Dye, an assistant at Clover in recent years in both golf and baseball.

“He is a pretty accomplished golfer,” Hartsoe said.

Dye replaces the retiring Steve Gribble and will be the first boys’ golf coach at Fort Mill High other than Gribble in nearly three decades.

And in cheerleading, Fort Mill hired Haleigh Cahill to coach the squad. Cahill comes from Columbia via New Jersey.