BA names Howell new Athletic Director

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From staff reports

Beaufort Academy has named William Howell its new Athletic Director.

Howell takes over from former Athletic Director, Nick Field, who oversaw seven state championships over the past three years, including the school’s first state title in 8-man football, and the addition of four sports – bowling, cheerleading, baseball, and softball.

Howell looks forward to building onto the success.

“Beaufort Academy is well known for its family environment and culture,” Howell said in a release. “Building close relationships is one of the most important foundations for a program, and I am excited to start a new chapter at BA.”

Howell is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, with a B.S. in Sport and Entertainment Management. During his four years at USC, he was a marketing intern for the athletic department, aiding in promotional activities for all varsity sports, including game day operations and campus public relation campaigns.

In his final semester at USC, Howell completed a successful internship at Heathwood Hall Episcopal, a K-12 Independent School in Columbia, where he aided the Athletic Director and also worked as an assistant baseball coach.

Upon graduation, Howell accepted the position as the Sports and Aquatic Director for the Wardle Family YMCA in Beaufort. During his time at the YMCA, Howell has been responsible for providing leadership and management in program operations, staffing, budget, fundraising, program and membership experience.

During his tenure, sponsorship revenue increased by 358 percent and athletic program participation has increased dramatically with more than 435 youth participants in programs at once.

President of the Blue & White Booster Club Patrick Mitchell said in the news release, “William’s commitment to the overall success of team sports is unparalleled to others in his field. The positive relationships he builds with players and constant parental communication are key in his “hands-on” style of running organized sports programs. William goes the extra mile in every aspect of the job and it’s evident to all that have worked with him.”

“William’s experience working with athletic administration at both the college and high school levels make him an excellent addition to the BA Administrative Team,” Beaufort Academy Head of School Dan Durbin said. “We are looking forward to having him join us in July for a seamless transition into the fall athletic season and new school year.”

Beaufort Academy is home to sixteen middle and upper school athletic teams.

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