Spartanburg Herald Features Coach Nash

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By Todd Shanesy
Spartanburg Herald Journal Staff Writer

Longtime Wofford offensive line coach lands job as athletics director at Greenville school

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Eric Nash stood at the back of a room last December and had tears in his eyes as he watched the official retirement announcement of legendary Wofford football coach Mike Ayers.

Some of that emotion, Nash admitted, was for his own uncertain future.

Nash had been offensive line coach at Wofford for 15 years, a career which began just one year after finishing as a standout player (three-time All-Southern Conference) for the Terriers.

“It was something I hadn’t needed to deal with,” Nash said. “Coach Ayers was always going to be there — until that day. And for the first time since I started a family, I was worried.”

Nash’s fears were realized. He wanted to follow Ayers as head coach at Wofford, didn’t get the job and ultimately had to part ways with his beloved alma mater, details of which he did not want to share.

“It was disappointing,” he said. “I’ll leave it at that.”

But less than two months later, a time spent praying and leaning on his Catholic faith, another door opened. Nash is the next athletics director at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville. He has already been working with R.J. Beach, who will retire from that position on June 1.

St. Joseph’s has been listed as one of the top 50 Catholic high schools in the country. The private school is on a 36-acre campus and includes a middle school as well. It is recognized by the Diocese of Charleston and accredited in athletics by the South Carolina Independent School Association.

“It’s a great place. It’s faith, academics and athletics. In a lot of ways, it’s like Wofford prep,” Nash said. “I believe that God does things for a reason. With how it all worked out, I don’t think it was just by chance. I think God needed to give me a kick in the butt to come here. And I really appreciate it.”

His office is part of a new wing, orange cones still blocking the entrance, and there is a smell of fresh paint. Pictures already in the hallway include some of Andre Stoddard, one of the most beloved graduates of St. Joseph’s and now a standout running back for Wofford. Nash sat behind his desk and his voice seemed to echo throughout a room still void of decoration and character.

Nash, a former All-American who was actually born on the Fourth of July (1980), followed his older brother, Brian, to Wofford from Sharpsburg, Ga. Eric spent one year in graduate school at South Carolina, studying physics and engineering, before applying for the offensive line coaching position with the Terriers. He and his wife, Dr. Erin Nash, whose medical practice is in Landrum, have two daughters, Stella and Nora, and a son, Mills. They live in Inman.

“This was a great opportunity for me and my family,” Nash said. “One of the attractive things to me is the thought of having my kids here someday. They go to Catholic school (St. Paul the Apostle) in Spartanburg and in not too many years, they’ll be old enough to be here.”

For the next month or so, Nash will continue learning from Beach, who has been at St. Joseph’s since 2015 after 21 years at Christ Church Episcopal School in Greenville.

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Spring Athletics Update

As April draws to a close, our varsity spring sports teams are wrapping up their regular season play and beginning state playoffs. We hope you will all go out and support our student athletes as they compete for region and state titles! See the Athletic Calendar for locations and game times.

Girls Lacrosse

The girls lacrosse team lost last Tuesday to Eastside High School in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs and they have concluded their season.





On Tuesday the baseball team lost 4-1 to Abbeville HS in the first round of the the Class 2A state playoffs. This is a double elimination round. They will now host C.A. Johnson, from Columbia, today at 4:30 PM.





The softball team opened up up the Class AA state playoffs with a loss at Ninety Six HS. This is also a double elimination round, with the next game against Fox Creek on Saturday.





Boys Tennis

The boys tennis team finished the regular season with a perfect record of 10-0! This included two wins for the first time ever against Christ Church and a win against a very strong J.L. Mann team, making them Region Champions. The Class 2A state playoffs begin next Wednesday.



Track & Field

The boys track and field team won the Region Championship last night and our girls team finished in third. Select members from both teams will compete in the State qualifier on May 5th at Memorial Stadium in Columbia. Depending on their finish in that meet, select members will compete in the Class AA State Championship Meet on May 12th at Spring Valley HS in Columbia.





Our boys and girls soccer teams have completed their regular seasons and will begin playoffs next week. We will find out today who and where they will play.





Boys Golf

The boys golf team will compete in the Region Championship Tournament on May 1st. They will need to finish in first or second play in order to advance to the Class AA State Championship Tournament which will take place on May 14th and May 15th in North Augusta.


Our Lady’s Pantry Mural Dedication and Spring Visual Arts News

At the end of January, Art Teacher Deborah Pickard met with SJCS parent Maria Gray, who works for Catholic Charities, to make a plan for St. Joseph’s students and faculty to create artwork for a new healthy food bank, Our Lady’s Pantry. Fifteen students and two faculty painted 112 6″x 6″ canvases with 16 different fruits and vegetables – 7 canvases in each grouping. Also, Caroline Morris, Katie Hudak, Rachel Hall, Kate Harrison and Mrs. Pickard designed and painted a mural for the new food bank building.

You are invited to the mural dedication this Sunday, April 29th at 3 pm. The address is 2300 Old Buncombe Road, Greenville, 29609.

The Jubilate Guild donated the funds for the canvases and paint with funds raised from last year’s Jubilate Knight, so please be sure to come out again this year for Jubilate Knight on May 5th! Participation in the fine arts creates a very real impact on our students and the community, and we thank you in advance for your support!

In other news:
Matt Pelicano (late SJCS teacher Jeanette Pelicano’s husband) will have his first children’s book published this summer and asked for help with illustrations. Andrea Tolmos, Anna Impeduglia and Ashley Spikings will be illustrating his book and possibly other books in the future.

The following students represented or will represent SJCS in several art shows this spring.

  • Youth Art Month – Dominic Mosley, Katy Tally and Daniel Klosowski
  • Upstate High School Art Show – Andrea Tolmos, Andy Yang, Daniel Klosowski, Reagan Chittam, Catalina Lindstrom, Jack Doyle, Adrianna Vandross, and Caroline Morris
  • Congressional Art Competition District 3 – Andrea Tolmos
  • Congressional Art Competition District 4 – Ashley Spikings, Daniel Klosowski, Anna Wallace Clark, Andy Yang and Catalina Lindstrom
  • Gala – Katie Hudak, student artist; Anna Wallace Clark and Rachel Hall donated original artwork for auction
  • Completed 29 portraits for children in Puerto Rico through the Memory Project.

It’s been very busy 2nd semester! Thank you to everyone who participated!

2018 Annual Auction Gala – A Starry Knight

Continuing the celebration of the 25th Anniversary this year, the Annual Auction Gala, held Friday, April 20th, was A Starry Knight: Shining Christ’s Light for 25 Years. St. Joseph’s largest fundraiser of the year involves hundreds of hours of planning, and included all members of the SJCS family: students, staff, parents, friends, and community partners. This year’s Gala Committee was co-chaired by Mary Salgado and Michelle Mullins, and supported by a fabulous team of parent volunteers.

More than 500 guests enjoyed an evening of food, fun, and dancing while placing their Silent and Live Auction bids to financially support the Annual Fund – the 7% of St. Joseph’s budget not covered by tuition. The Annual Fund in turn supports: Financial Aid, Academic Programs, Athletics, Fine Arts, Campus Ministry, and Student Life.

Did You Miss the Gala? Give Today

The Development Office is thrilled to report a projected net contribution of approximately $285,000 to the Annual Fund as a result of the Gala! Thank you for your generous support of the mission of St. Joseph’s!

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Strengthening the Soul in the Weight Room

Lent may be over, but there’s one story that still has people talking. In the forty days leading up to Easter, Strength Coach Josh Reynolds used a beautiful means of blending his skills in the weight room with the opportunity for prayer and meditation of the Lenten Season. Every week, students and teachers gathered for a grueling Stations of the Cross Workout.

Music blaring, Reynolds led the participants through a high powered set, and then cut the music and shut the fans off for total silence in order to read a scripture passage from the Passion. “It was really moving, seeing a packed house for this,” said Varsity Boys Soccer Coach Frank Kucinic. “Coach Reynolds really provided a concrete focus on the sacrifice of Christ. The amount of work he puts in to promote a culture of health at St. Joe’s is really extraordinary. And not just with the student athletes, but with everyone who wants to learn.” Keep an eye out for more on future health initiatives from Coach Reynolds and Coach Kucinic!

Thank you Coach Reynolds!


Jubilate Knight for the Arts – May 5

The Fine Arts Department’s annual “Jubilate Knight for the Arts Talent Competition” is coming up fast! Make plans to join us May 5th for this family-friendly event, highlighting our artistically-gifted school community.

Doors will open at 6:00 PM and the Talent Competition will begin at 7:00 PM. Patrons will enjoy an evening of fabulous entertainment and can vote on their favorite acts to benefit our theatre, choral, dance, strings, band, and visual arts programs.

This year’s Jubilate Knight will not include a Giving Gallery of auction items. However, patrons can still make donations to support the Fine Arts programs.

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Boys Track and Field Wins Relay Second Year in a Row

St. Joseph’s Boys Track and Field was featured in the Greenville News following the Greenville County Track and Field Championships after they claim victory in the 4×800-meter relay for the second year in a row. See excerpt below and follow the link to read the full story:

One of the great things about countywide events is the opportunity for athletes from smaller schools to test their talents against those from bigger schools.

It’s especially satisfying when a group from the smaller school passes the test, such as the guys from St. Joseph’s, who won the 4×800-meter relay for the second year in a row Tuesday, the first day of the 50th Greenville County Track and Field Championships at Eastside High School.

They won in 4 minutes, 26.03 seconds, and they’ve kept up the pace despite the loss of Ford McCoy, a seven-time state champion in track and cross country now running as a freshman at Wofford College.

“Ford was an inspiration,” St. Joe’s coach George Carr said, “and once Ford graduated, they said, ‘We’ve got to step it up,’ and they did.” On Saturday, during the Bojangles Classic at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, a meet that gathers schools from throughout the Southeast, the St. Joe’s quartet of juniors Zac Palmer and Josh Powers, sophomore Brendan McTigue and freshman Dylan McTigue finished 12th in a personal-best time of 8 minutes, 8 seconds.

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Knights Tennis Defeats Powerful JL Mann Team

Continuing their historic undefeated season, Boys Varsity Tennis claims the victory over JL Mann 6-0 in the first-ever match played against our near neighboring school. “Our guys played very well in some rough, windy conditions. Mann is having a really good season and has a solid team,” says Coach Kevin Meyer. Going into this match, JL Mann tennis was 12-1 with 2 wins vs CCES and the only loss to TL Hanna 4-3. They have seven seniors on their team as compared to only two St. Joe’s seniors.

#1 Nick Loudermilk def Govindarajan 6-2, 6-1
#2 Brandon Hodge def Kulkarni 6-3, 6-3
#3 Maclean Armstrong def Brown 6-1, 6-3
#4 Matthew Jacques def Kneeland 7-5, 6-2
#5 Mack Self def Parsons 6-3, 6-4

#1 Not played
#2 Patrick Reese/Collin Maides def Henderson/Barkley 6-4, 3-6, 10-1

Quick turnaround Tuesday as we host Clinton, who we beat 4-3 earlier this season.
Go Knights!

Middle School Agape – Building the Whole Person

St. Joe’s has no lack of motivated students, but the Middle School Agape group is raising the bar. This Friday morning at 7:00 AM, sixth, seventh, and eighth graders filled the Meeting Room to gather with their friends for a common purpose – to be a mutual encouragement for each other as they strive to live their faith as Middle School students.

The students are led in prayer and hear from an upperclassman at each meeting, this week from Junior Abbie Panuccio. As a high school student on the Varsity Soccer team and a member of the Student Council, Abbie is a powerful voice and a great example of the fruitful mentorship our high school offers to the middle school.

As with the High School Agape group, which meets at the same time in the balcony of the JP II Center, the Middle School Agape is an open-invitation event. If your student is in need of encouragement or looking for a way to grow, this could be a great group for them to come check out! Middle School parents are also invited to gather in the Library during the meeting for fellowship, donuts and coffee.

To learn more, contact Campus Minister Gabe Lewis.

Four Seniors Participate in Spring Athletic Signing Day


Congratulations to the four seniors who committed to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level! Brandon Bennett Jr. will participate on the Track and Field team next year at Limestone College, Emily Lotts will play volleyball for Columbia College, G Hazelhurst will play golf for Erskine College, and Christian Castillo will play lacrosse for Queens University of Charlotte.

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Senior Drew Lyons Featured in Greenville Journal

“Our graduates are destined to change the world.” Most St. Joe’s families have heard this quote from our late founding Board Chair, Margaret Ann Moon. Drew Lyons from the Class of 2018 was recently featured in the Greenville Journal, and hopes to do just that.

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“Success is measured by how hard you work for it. Some of us hope to become great athletes, while others aspire to become renowned doctors. It might seem difficult for someone to be both, a sort of modern-day Renaissance man, but there is one local high school student who appears to be on that path.

Drew Lyons is a senior at St. Joseph’s Catholic school in Greenville. Last year, he was among the .136 percent of test takers nationwide to score a perfect 36 on the ACT. He also scored an outstanding 1570 on the SAT, with a perfect 800 on the math portion of the test.
Lyons is also a team captain with St. Joseph’s varsity football team, the Knights. He’s an avid fan of the Clemson Tigers and Carolina Panthers. Without a doubt, Lyons’ favorite sport is football.”

V Boys Tennis Continues Undefeated Season

St. Joseph’s Varsity Boys Tennis have been a force to be reckoned with this season. With a perfect 6-0 record, the Knights have been dominant on the court, decisively defeating each regional powerhouse school, including two victories over the defending state champs CCES.
Tuesday, April 10, the Knights defeated Southside Christian 6-1.  Coach Kevin Meyer says “There were some great matches with the top three seeds and it was a lot closer than the final score indicated. I think this will give us a home court advantage for the upper state playoffs.”
#1 Nick Loudermilk lost to T Pitts 6-3, 1-6, 9-11
#2 Brandon Hodge def M Pitts 7-6, 2-6, 10-8
#3 Maclean Armstrong def N Pitts 7-5, 6-4
#4 Matthew Jacques def S. Davis 6-2, 6-0
#5 Mack Self def L. Lui 6-1, 6-1
#1 Loudermilk/Hodge def Pitts/Pitts 8-1
#2 Patrick Reese/Collin Maides def SSC #2  6-0, 6-0
Loudermilk and Hodge went to tiebreakers and Armstrong was down 5-0 in the first set before reeling off 7 straight games.
This year’s renewed enthusiasm for Knights Boys Tennis led to the need for a JV team at the beginning of the season, thanks to the hard work of last year’s Varsity team and Coach Meyer. The JV team, coached by Ken Arp, has twelve players on the roster.

Mills Uniform Sale – Monday, April 16

The On-Campus Mills Uniform Sales Event Monday, April, 16th.  Mills Uniform Company will be on campus for a Mobile Store Event in our gym. They will bring a fully-stocked Mobile Store directly to our campus, complete with Mills staff, sizing specialists, portable fitting rooms, and a full-selection of garments for try on and purchase. The hours will be from 10am-6pm for parents, and students would be able to shop with their parents during lunch or after school.  Students will not be allowed to miss class to go over to the gym.

For quicker checkout and to receive information from Mills about events and promotions, set up your Mills account.

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