Georgetown High School boys varsity soccer coach Chris Hapeshis has been selected as a head coach for the annual North-South Soccer Classic taking place on June 22 in Anderson.
“I am certainly honored to have been chosen for this year’s event,” Hapeshis said. “It is a wonderful experience for the student athletes and us coaches.”
Coaches are nominated by a member of the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association before being voted into the coaching positions for the NSSC.
The matches feature some of the best graduated senior soccer players in the state. This year’s tournament is being held at T.L. Hanna High School. For the boys, the South has won six of the last nine games. But the North leads the overall series 15-11-4.
For the girls, the South leads the series 10-8-4.
Hapeshis has been able to view film of players for the South squad and speak to their coaches. He plans to utilize each player’s strengths without over coaching these athletes who “have all played at a high level for a long time.”
Members of the South squad are primarily from the Lower State region of South Carolina. McKenna Gulley of Waccamaw High School is the only Georgetown County selection, Hapeshis said.
The boy’s match has been held annually since 1989 while the girls have been going since 1997.
This is the second time Hapeshis has participated as a coach. The first time was in 2012 as an assistant coach for the South. They won that match 1-0 at the College of Charleston. This year, Hapeshis will be assisted by David Schroer, soccer coach at A.C. Flora High School in Richland County.