Friday, September 5, 2014
The new head baseball coach at Carvers Bay High School knows how to make the sport popular at the school.
“It starts with wins,” said Tracy Bishop. “Nobody wants to be part of a losing situation.”
Bishop, a 2009 graduate of Johnsonville High School, takes over the program from Andrew Fox.
Although he grew up in Johnsonville, Bishop has deep ties in Andrews, where his mom is from. “I grew up in a baseball family. I’ve always loved it,” Bishop said. “I got it from both sides of my family.”
He played baseball in high school and during his two years at Florence Darlington Tech and two years at Francis Marion University. He recently completed one year of graduate school at Clemson.
His previous experience includes three summers with the junior American Legion team in Johnsonville, and coaching one of the three teams at Liberty High School in the Upstate while at Clemson.
He’s an instructional assistant at Carvers Bay while he works on getting his teaching certification.
So far he’s helped one of the new teachers and subbed for a teacher who was out of the school for most of the day.
“It gets my foot in the door for teaching,” Bishop said.
He recently had a meeting with potential players.
“We had a pretty good turnout,” Bishop said. “So I’m pretty excited about that.”
Although two of the county’s other high schools —Waccamaw and Georgetown — are playing a fall schedule, Carvers Bay will not.
“Some people love it and some people don’t like it. It really depends on what you put into it,” Bishop said. “We’re practicing them and getting them ready to the way we want them to be coached.”
Bishop plans to practice several times a week and play some intra-squad games during September and October, which is the time frame allowed under South Carolina High School League rules.
He’s also working to get the field in shape, getting rid of the grass on the infield, get it leveled off, and cutting the outfield grass. “Whenever we hit the field for practice it will actually be playable,” he said.
The rookie coach is ready to get started. “We’ve got a lot of work to do but hopefully we can get it done,” he said.