After watching his son win a state championship this year, Charles Assey Sr. is getting back in the coaching game.
Assey Sr. was named the baseball coach at Gray Collegiate on Tuesday. He was an assistant this season at Cardinal Newman, where his son, Charles Jr., is the head coach. The Cardinals won the SCISA 3A baseball title over Ben Lippen.
"I'm 62 years old and feel like I got 10 good years in me. And I had an itch to be in charge of a varsity program again," Assey Sr. said.
Assey said helping out his son at Brookland-Cayce, White Knoll and Cardinal Newman has helped
"Learned more in baseball in the last five years in being around the younger coaches.," Assey Sr. said. "Been a breath of fresh air to learn from my son and the other coaches."
The elder Assey and his son think they will play against each other at some point, possibly this season.
Assey Sr. has a championship pedigree and guided Brookland-Cayce baseball to the 1998 Class 3A title. He went 198-88 with the Bearcats from 1988-1999 and also coached at Orangeburg Prep, Mims Academy, Willington Academy and Heathwood Hall during his 26 years of coaching.
Assey Sr. won two baseball titles and one football title at Orangeburg Prep and also also won football and baseball titles at Mims. He got out of head coaching in 1999 but returned for a few years at Heathwood Hall.
Since 1999, Assey Sr. has been a financial planner at Mass Mutual and will remain there while coaching baseball at Gray Collegiate.
Assey becomes the third member of the family who will be coaching in the Midlands. He will have his son at Cardinal Newman. His daughter-in-law, Megan Assey (Charles Jr's wife), is coaching Spring Valley's girls basketball team. The Vikings won the Class 5A championship this year.