Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Burt Bazzle has stepped down as the head coach for the Summerville High School baseball program.
“I’ve enjoyed being this school’s baseball coach but I want to spend more time with my family and the demands of the position make it hard to do so,” Bazzle said. “With all the changes that have happened over the years it requires a lot more time than it used to. I’ll miss being around the kids and the coaches but I won’t miss some of the other things.”
Bazzle will continue in his roles as PE teacher and head coach for the Green Wave B-team football program, which went 8-2 under his guidance last season.
Bazzle was hired as a SHS coach in 1979. He started off as an assistant for both the boys’ basketball and JV football teams and before long also joined the baseball staff.
In 28 years as the head coach for the baseball program, he led the Green Wave varsity to 515 wins. According to Palmetto’s Finest Record Book, he is one of only nine baseball coaches in state history to reach the 500-career wins benchmark.
In 2003 he led the Green Wave to the Class AAAA state championship.
Alan Bridges, who has been a coach at the school for the past 22 years and served as the JV baseball coach for the past several years, has been named the new head coach for the baseball program.
He inherits a team with a lot of talent. Summerville stands to return all but one pitcher and some of its top hitters from a team that went 18-8 last season and claimed the Region 8-AAAA championship. The team should also be able to pull a few quality players up from the Wave JV team that won last year’s JV HIT championship and the Wave B-team that finished its season with an 11-4 record.
Ashley Ridge has also seen a coaching change recently. Angi Brush, who took over as the head coach for the Ashley Ridge softball team for the 2010 season, has stepped down to accept a job in the Charleston County School District Office as a Teacher Effectiveness Specialist.
Chelsie Lisenby, who has served as an assistant coach for both the Ashley Ridge softball team and volleyball team, has been named the school’s new head softball coach.
She also inherits a team with a lot of potential. The Lady Swamp Foxes return several starters, including one who has signed with USC, from a team that finished last season at 18-10 and as the runner-up for its district in the playoffs.