Hilton Head Christian Academy is hiring basketball and baseball coaches

Hilton Head Christian Academy has announced the hiring of two head coaches.

Jason Grunkemeyer is joining HHCA as men’s basketball coach, as well as director of student-athlete and coach development, the school said, and JW Wilkerson has been named baseball coach and physical education mentor.

Grunkemeyer served as an assistant coach at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, for the past eight seasons, including seven years as an associate head coach. The Cardinals won three Mid-American Conference West Division titles during his tenure.

“His primary duties within the program included student-athlete recruitment and development, game planning, opponent scouting and academic liaison and program camp director,” HHCA said of his stay at Ball State.

Before joining the Ball State staff, Grunkemeyer was an assistant for five seasons at St. Louis and from 2007 to 2012 at his alma mater Miami University. He played on a Miami team that reached the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament in 1999. He also spent a year as athletic director at Talawanda High School in Oxford, Ohio, according to the Ball State athletics website. .

HHCA said Grunkemeyer was named the MAC’s best assistant of 2020 by his peers in a poll conducted by The Stadium’s Jeff Goodman.

“I’ve known Jason since his sophomore year in college, and watching him grow as a person and as a coach has been a great joy,” Ball State coach James Whitford said in a statement announcing the move. “He has always been a values-driven leader, and this opportunity is one that aligns with his core values. I fully support his decision and know he will continue to impact lives and win games at Hilton Head Christian.

HHCA said Grunkemeyer’s wife, Angie, is from South Carolina and played softball at Presbyterian College. They have three children, who will enroll in HHCA.

“As a family, we really can’t wait to be a part of all that’s going on out there,” Grunkemeyer said in Ball State’s announcement. “A decision like this is something that Coach Whitford and I have discussed for the past two years, as it aligns with the vision my wife and I have for raising our children, and this opportunity was just too much. beautiful to let her pass.”

Wilkerson is a Bluffton native who is a member of the Bluffton High School Athletics Hall of Fame, HHCA said. He played baseball at Toccoa Falls College, where he was an outfielder on the school’s National Christian College Athletic Association runner-up team in 2010.

HHCA said Wilkerson earned a degree in physical education from the University of South Carolina while coaching for three years at Columbia’s Ben Lippen School. He has spent the past seven years helping to build the program at Southwest Florida Christian Academy in Fort Myers.

His wife Lauren is also from Bluffton and they have children aged 4 and 2, HHCA said.

“This year alone, our teams have won three state championship titles, five seniors have pledged to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level, and several student-athletes have been recognized at the district and state level,” said HHCA athletic director Kenny Conroy. A declaration.

“These additions to our athletics leadership team allow us to further solidify our position as the top A.A. school and grow our already successful athletics program.”

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