2016-05-13 / Sports

Heathwood Hall hires varsity coaches

Contributed by Heathwood Hall Episcopal School

The Heathwood Hall Episcopal School Athletic Department announced the hiring of Ashley Jordan as the new varsity volleyball coach, Rich Edwards as the new varsity girls’ basketball coach, and Marcus Lattimore as an offensive assistant on football team.

Jordan is a native of Miami, Fla., where she was a two-sport athlete (volleyball and basketball) at Immaculata and Miami Senior High. She went on to play volleyball and basketball at the collegiate level for California State University and Ohio University.

As an Opp/RS hitter, she was named team captain. Transitioning from player to coach, Jordan began coaching with the national organization NYSP as the head volleyball coach, teaching youth from all over the state of California the sport of volleyball.

She then began coaching Junior Olympic volleyball with Valley Juniors, leading her 17U & 18U national power teams to national tournament bids. Jordan has continued to coach Junior Olympic, AAU, and Club volleyball for over a decade with many successful teams as well as former players who have played and/or are playing at the collegiate level.

Since moving to Columbia, S.C., she has coached at Richland Northeast High School, where the team has made it to the state playoffs the last two seasons. Jordan is also a proud member of the S.C. Midlands Volleyball Club as the head coach of the 15U National Elite team.

Edwards will lead the Highlander girls’basketball staff, after years of work within the Heathwood Athletic Department that has included coaching stints with football, and most recently, as the JV boys basketball head coach.

Edwards is a native of Chattanooga, Tenn. and earned varsity letters in football, basketball, and track at Baylor School in high school before playing collegiate basketball at Sewanee. He earned his M.Ed. from Lesley University in 2004, and he finished his PhD in education in December, 2014. For the last 22 years, eight of those at Heathwood Hall, Edwards has held a variety of roles, from teaching five history classes in the middle school, to being an athletic director for nine of those years, to directing the summer programs at two different schools.

Edwards has been coaching basketball, for boys and girls, and football over that time at every possible level. For several of those years, he coached the varsity girls, leading them to a handful of region championships, plus the SCISA State Semis on numerous occasions during that time; and he received a couple of SCISA Region Coach-of-the-Year honors. Currently, Edwards is in his third year as the dean of students in the middle school and teaches one seventh grade world geography/world history class.

A familiar and legendary name in football will be on the Heathwood Hall sideline this fall, as former Byrnes High School standout, South Carolina All-American, and San Francisco 49er Marcus Lattimore has joined the Highlander football staff. Lattimore, who graduated from U.S.C., has served as an ambassador for the university after concluding his professional career, in addition to creating and maintaining the Marcus Lattimore Foundation. Lattimore will work within all phases of the HHES program, serving as the Bteam head coach, as well as an offensive assistant with the varsity.

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