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St. Stephens hires new head basketball, baseball coaches

St. Stephens hires new head basketball, baseball coaches

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HICKORY, N.C. – St. Stephens High has new head coaches for varsity girls’ basketball and varsity baseball.

The school announced Monday it has made these hires:

-- Betsy Reynolds, the junior varsity girls’ coach the last two seasons at St. Stephens, has been promoted to guide the Indians’ varsity. She has 20 years of coaching experience, eight of them as a head coach.

-- Adam Windham, most recently head baseball coach at Maiden Middle School, is the new varsity baseball head coach.

Reynolds replaces Todd Davis, who resigned after 12 seasons (165-146 record) to become an assistant athletic director for the Indians.

Windham replaces St. Stephens graduate Chip Watts, who spent five seasons (49-64 record) as the Indians’ varsity baseball head coach. He left to become an assistant principal at Mill Creek Middle School.

Reynolds guided the Indians’ JVs to a 24-18 record over the past two seasons despite having only a seven-player roster her first season and a 10-player roster last season.

A 1976 graduate of Wilson Hall in Sumter, S.C., Reynolds played one season of college basketball at South Carolina (1976-77). She graduated college in 1980 and her first high school coaching experience was at Wilson Hall for five years.

After a 10-year break from coaching, Reynolds worked six years at Hammond School in Columbia, S.C. She was then varsity girls’ head coach for one season at White Knoll High near Lexington, S.C., and also coached at Sacred Heart Catholic in Hattiesburg, Miss., for six years.

Reynolds has also been an athletic director during her career. She teaches physical science at St. Stephens and moved into the area two years ago when her husband, Phillip, became pastor at First Baptist in Hickory.

Reynolds said she plans to meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the school media center with all girls interested in playing basketball – JV or varsity – at St. Stephens.

Windham is a 2003 graduate of Fred T. Foard and a 2007 Appalachian State graduate. His coaching experience includes stints at Northview Middle School, Foard as an assistant varsity coach and then at Maiden Middle School. He’ll teach business at St. Stephens.

In other coaching changes announced on Monday:

Bunker Hill: The Bears have hired Kelsey Dettman as head volleyball coach after she spent the last three seasons as an assistant for head coach Julie Harris, who won’t return.

In an e-mail, Bunker Hill athletic director Lee Miller said Lindsey Robinson will be Dettman’s assistant in volleyball. Robinson, a former volleyball player at East Burke, will be in her second year of teaching, Miller said.

Dettman teaches math at Bunker Hill.

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