Darlington High announces two new track head coaches
Darlington High School (DHS) welcomed two new head coaches to its athletic programs last week.
Sheri Lacy takes over the girls’ track team, and Jason English will lead the boys’ track squad. Lacy also serves as the cross country team’s head coach.
DHS Principal Cortney Gehrke said the school looks forward to the coaches helping to guide their students to success.
“We are excited to see these two experienced coaches work together to lead the DHS track program,” she said. “I know they are going to an excellent job leading our student-athletes.”
Lacy, who resides in Darlington, previously coached cross country and track for both the Florence and Darlington Track Clubs.
She has also coached in the Florence Basketball Recreation League. Before moving to South Carolina from Vermont, she coached high school girls’ and boys’ basketball and started a local recreational track and field program.
She attended the University of Vermont, where she competed for four years in the school’s Division I women’s basketball and track and field programs. She is originally from Windsor, Ontario, in Canada.
“I am hopeful that we can have a safe, healthy season, where the athletes can compete, engage in some social activity and just have some fun,” Lacy said. “For those that are looking to continue on after high school, I hope they have a successful season and take some good memories away with them.”
English is currently a sixth grade mathematics teacher at Darlington Middle School. He is a Darlington High School graduate, and has seven years of coaching experience at Marion High School in Marion County School District and at his alma mater.
“I plan to continue the rich track tradition at Darlington High,” he said. “The ultimate goal is to provide our student-athletes with the opportunity to use track and field as a tool to help continue their education at the next level. I also want to use the track program to help strengthen the overall athletic department at DHS so that we are competitive with the top programs in the state.”