Sports briefs for August 11th-17th

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YMCA

Y needs coaches in variety of sports

The YMCA is looking for volunteer coaches in gymnastics, flag football, soccer and more. Volunteers must have knowledge of the sport they’re coaching and enjoy working with youth. Coaches will receive a Y membership for the duration of the sports season that they are coaching.

Contact James Penley, sports coordinator 843-522-9622 or email sports.ymcabeaufort@gmail.com.

COLLEGE TRACK & FIELD

Gaither named head coach of USCB track & field

The University of South Carolina Beaufort took another step in the development of its growing track & field program, announcing the addition of Bernard Gaither as the Sand Sharks’ head track & field coach.

Gaither is no stranger to the program, having served as a part-time assistant for the past four seasons while also working as a teacher and coach at area high schools.

Moving him into a full-time role will allow longtime coach Larry Kimball to focus on cross country and distance runners while aiding the program’s continued development.

Assistant coaches Sarah Turrubiate and Bill Mahoney will remain on the staff along with volunteer pole vault coach Kenneth McDaniel.

“I’m thankful to Coach Kimball, Dr. Al Panu, and Quin Monahan for the opportunity to be the head coach for Sand Shark track & field,” Gaither said. “I am extremely appreciative for this blessing. It is a very exciting time for the program, and I feel with our staff and athletes we have the potential to win championships.”

Even while working part time at USCB, Gaither took a leading role in recruiting 28 incoming freshmen who are slated to enroll later this month – the largest recruiting class in Sand Shark track & field history. His work on the track helped develop Brandon Gourdine into an All-American in the 110-meter hurdles this past season, and in just one season working with Gaither, newcomer Taylor Superior was able to qualify for the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships in the 400-meter hurdles.

“This is a great day for the USCB track & field program,” Kimball said. “Coach Gaither’s passion and commitment for our program is unparalleled. His knowledge of the sprints, hurdles and jumps and his ability to recruit top-flight student athletes has already shown great results, including having national qualifiers and All-Americans under his tutelage here at USCB. I look forward to continuing to work with him as we continue to grow the program.”

FISHING/SHRIMPING

Sport Fishing and Diving Club to meet Aug. 11

The Beaufort Sport Fishing and Diving Club’s August meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club on Lady’s Island off of Meridian Road.

The social begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7 p.m..

A panel discussion will be held on the subject of shrimping and shrimp boating.

Al Stokes, a DNR biologist and manager of the Waddell Center, will give an update on this important natural resource.

A representative from Beaufort Boat & Dock Supply will discuss the latest shrimp poles and baits; Scott Lettich from Beaufort Marine Supply will display and discuss various shrimp nets. Local shrimp baiter Cary Durant will provide information about the baiting process. A local DNR officer will conclude with the laws and regulations regarding shrimping and shrimp baiting.

The monthly $50 drawing for weighing in one of the Year Round Tournament Species last month was won by Jason Burns. During the August meeting there will be another $50 drawing sponsored by Butler Marine. Those attending will also receive the New DNR Artificial Reef Guide.

Guests are welcome and do not need a reservation. For additional information, contact Capt. Frank Gibson at 843-522-2122 or email fgibson@islc.net.