Ashley Hall is pleased to announce that Tami Dennis will join the School’s Athletics Department as Track & Field Coach beginning this January. A seasoned instructor with more than 15 years of coaching experience, Mrs. Dennis comes to Ashley Hall with numerous credentials including induction into the Road Runners’ Club of America (RRCA) Hall of Fame and the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame. She currently leads the nationally recognized Mt. Pleasant Track Club.
“We are thrilled to welcome Tami Dennis to Ashley Hall,” says Athletic Director, Franny Slay. “She brings a wealth of experience with her. I’m thrilled our girls will have the opportunity to learn and grow as student athletes under her guidance.” Mrs. Dennis echoed the sentiment by sharing how excited she was to be joining a program with such a strong tradition and reputation of excellence.
In 1989 Mrs. Dennis founded the “Footsteps to Fitness” after-school running program in Spartanburg County. She started with one elementary school with 150 kids involved. By 2002, 38 schools (both elementary and middle schools) were involved with over 2,500 kids running weekly for the entire school year. This program was recognized in Runner’s World with their Golden Shoe Award. A spin off from this program was the competitive track team, the Spartanburg Striders which produced numerous All-Americans and two National Champions.
Mrs. Dennis was recruited to start the Mt. Pleasant Track Club when her family moved to Charleston 15 years ago. The program includes more than 300 student athletes in track and 250 in cross country. The Mt. Pleasant Track Club recently won its 14th State Championship title, with numerous All-Americans and National Champions.
We look forward to beginning the next chapter for Ashley Hall Track & Field under the guidance of Coach Dennis.
In true Ashley Hall form, Panther Athletics experienced an extraordinarily successful spring in several areas which was celebrated at this week’s Spring Sports Award Program. An impressive season all around, eight of eleven Panther Varsity sports teams were State Champions or runner up. Including Bantam teams (grades 5 through 8) 66% of girls in our Intermediate Program and Upper School participated in athletics this academic year. PQV to all our student athletes, including the following spring team successes:
Archery, SCISA State Runner-Up | Varsity Lacrosse, SCISA State Runner-Up
Varsity Soccer, SCISA State semi finalist and SCISA All Region Team Members and All Stars
Varsity Track, SCISA State Runner-Up and SCISA All State and Region team members
An additional PQV goes to Elyssa Sterneck ’17 who received the Silver level Graduating Seniors Award by U.S. Figure Skating.
In true Ashley Hall form, Panther Athletics experienced an extraordinary fall in several areas of sport. An impressive season all around, five Panther teams advanced to State championships with many Bantam teams (grades 6 through 8) participating in tournaments as well. PQV to all our student athletes, including the following team successes:
2016 Cross Country State Champions | 2016 Varsity Tennis State Champions | 2016 Varsity Volleyball State Runner Up | 2016 Varsity Golf State Runner Up | 2016 Varsity Swimming (3rd in State)
It’s been a busy, but successful, fall season for Panther Athletics. The Ashley Hall Golf Team came in as runner up in the South Carolina State Championship. In the South Carolina Independent School Association and IEA Horse Show, the Ashley Hall Equestrian team won in both the high school and middle school groups. Both varsity volleyball and tennis teams will participate in state playoffs. Let’s go Panthers!
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