Fort Mill High needs new swim, girls lacrosse coaches

mbanks@comporium.netApril 22, 2013 

— Two successful coaches at Fort Mill High are calling it quits.

Swim coach Lindsey Hawkins and girls’ lacrosse coach Nicol Morris both recently resigned from their coaching positions.

Hawkins will be moving to Memphis over the summer, and Morris said she resigned to spend more time with her own teenage daughter.

Hawkins has been a part of all four state swimming championships as a coach at Fort Mill, two of them as an assistant coach (2005-06) and two as head coach (2010-11). During the Jackets’ last two state championship runs, the team went undefeated, winning 25 consecutive meets and beating 109 consecutive opponents in the process.

Missing her swimmers is a given, Hawkins said, but missing being a coach will be an adjustment for her.

“I will miss just the experience of coaching and pushing the kids to be the best swimmers they can be,” she said. “I will miss the whole dynamics of it. Just everything that encompasses being a coach.”

Hawkins has been head swim coach since 2007 and her assistant, Cindy Van Buskirk, who has been by her side since 2008, will be taking over as head coach.

“I am very comfortable with that,” Hawkins said. “She knows everything there is to know about swimming.”

Besides being Hawkins’ assistant for the past five years, Van Buskirk has also been head coach of the Tega Cay Breakers summer swim team going on 14 seasons.

Having her step into the new, but similar, role with Fort Mill is a natural progression of things for the team.

“It will be nice for the swimmers because they already know me,” Van Buskirk said. “We have a strong team this year, both the boys and the girls. I am looking for a strong season.”

Morris, who has coached the girls lacrosse program the past three seasons, said her family needed her more at this point in their life than the game does.

“It was a tough decision,” she said. “It was not an easy decision by any means to make. There is no question I am going to miss my players. They were a huge part of my life. They became like my daughters.”

Morris guided those “daughters” to the 2012 state lacrosse championship and compiled a 36-9 record since the school’s varsity program debuted three years ago.

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