After a successful run at White Knoll, Charles Assey is taking over the Cardinal Newman baseball program.
Assey also will be the school’s assistant athletic director and replaces former South Carolina standout Bobby Haney, who finished the year as the Cardinals’ interim coach. He will be introduced in a reception at the school Tuesday.
“White Knoll is great place with great kids and people,” Assey said. “This job move for me was about family and some off field professional goals I have with finishing my administration degree and still coaching baseball. It also puts me closer to my wife at Spring Valley and my daughter in school system.
“Coach Howell (White Knoll athletic director) has been the best and first class as boss and friend. People from coach Gordon (athletic trainer) to our principal Ted Daughtrey and Ryan Player (who hired me) have been outstanding in support of me and baseball program.”
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Assey won 65 games at White Knoll and led the Timberwolves to four playoff appearances. This season, the Timberwolves made it to the district semifinals. In 2016, White Knoll went 22-8 and won a district championship before losing in the lower state tournament. The Timberwolves were ranked No. 21 in USA Today poll at one point that year.
Nineteen White Knoll players signed to play college baseball in the past four seasons.
Before White Knoll, Assey was head coach at Brookland-Cayce and Woodland high schools and was an assistant at his alma mater Presbyterian and Charleston Southern.
Cardinal Newman went 16-12 and made it to the SCISA 3A state championship series this season before losing to Laurence Manning. The Cardinals lose South Carolina signee Cam Tringali to graduation but return a bulk of their players on the roster for next year.