Hilton Head Preparatory School announced the start of its Baseball Academy at the start of the 2018-2019 school year. Now in its third year, the Academy continues to expand in breadth and depth of instruction.
The Academy runs throughout the school year from 1:40 pm to 3:30 pm at Prep's baseball field, Monday through Thursday, and is open to Prep and non-Prep students. For the fall semester, only seventh through twelfth graders are eligible to participate. The schedule allows any student to participate regardless of their after-school activity or sport.
Coach Mathisen believes in using a strategic approach supported by available technology and resources for athletic development, data collection, and evaluation. Each student-athlete participates in their own evaluation, goal-setting, and development plan. Coach Mathisen documents and uploads each individual plan to a readily accessible web-based program called TRAQ (developed by Driveline Baseball). When a player completes their workout, they self-report their progress. "We want to be smart about training and getting better. We have tools at our fingertips that allows us to create an environment of accountability. In the end, we want to prove the value of the program. If we can't report on our progress, we won’t know whether or not we need to make any changes, or if what we’re doing is actually working the way we intend," Mathisen said.
The Baseball Academy boasts a full team-supply of Driveline throwing and hitting training tools - including plyocare implements, weighted/long/short bats, a state of the art Rapsodo® Hitting system, and BLAST Baseball sensors.
In addition to the tools mentioned, Coach Mathisen also uses a number of certifications to help train players using the tools in place:
Driveline Pitching Certification
Driveline Hitting Certification
OnBaseU Hitting Certification
ALTIS Foundations Course Certification
Coach Ken Soucy and Coach Hiram Rodriguez joined Coach Mathisen at the Baseball Academy in the 2019-2020 school year, and are back for this year. Coach Soucy and Coach Rodriguez bring decades of coaching experience at all levels of the game.
Luke Rody’s Beaufort County roots come even before he was born, as he comes from a military family that was based in the area. Coach Rody moved to the lowcountry area four years ago from Ashburn, Virginia, where he attended Stone Bridge High School before moving on to Liberty University. He is entering his 5th year of coaching and 2nd year at Hilton Head Prep. Coach Rody was also the head coach to an 18U AAU team that went on to win the USBA State Championship in 2019. He is heading up the Basketball Academy with the mentorship of Les Fertig and Jerry Faulkner.
In addition to coaching, Coach Rody served as a Team Chaplin through FCA. He is excited to use the Basketball Academy as a platform to share his basketball knowledge and continue to be a mentor to the young athletes of Hilton Head.
The Mission Coach Rody has for the Basketball Academy is to help middle school and high school aged kids grow on and off the basketball court. The Academy will be meeting four days a week, (Monday-Thursday) in the morning, starting in the fall of 2021. Players will be working in the weight room and on the court to become faster, stronger, and more skilled. High school aged players will be measured in agility workouts and lifts to track their growth and progress throughout. Players will see progress by using the same tests that College and NBA scouts use such as Vertical Jump, Lane Agility, and various lifts. Coach Rody plans on using his experience from playing at the high school and college level to help these players improve. Coach Rody puts a huge emphasis on players growing and maturing as young men and women, not just athletes. The ability to mentor and influence young athletes is one that Coach takes great pride in, and has a passion for, since beginning his coaching career.
If you are interested in this program please use this link to register: HHP Basketball Academy Registration. By registering, you are not committing to the program. Mrs. Devrnja and Mrs. Webb-Browning are working on schedules and need to have an idea of who is going to participate. If you do not register and your schedule is completed, you run the risk of not being able to join the program.
The central focus of the Hilton Head Prep Soccer Academy revolves around creating a positive, caring environment with a culture based on family, building strong character, and motivating the student-athletes to pursue excellence in every area of their lives. We believe that hard work is a necessity, and when combined with intelligent training methods, great results are achieved.
Our training activities and methods will be sport specific and tailored to meet the needs of each individual athlete. The seasonal programs will follow a strategic periodized plan allowing us to train across the spectrum of physiological systems, maximizing the training effect for each player. The athletes will be exposed to activities and exercises geared towards engaging the player in developing their abilities across the four foundational pillars of the sport (psychological, physical, technical & tactical).
The Soccer Academy Director: Miguel Lopez, Jr.
Miguel Lopez, Jr., born in Beaufort, South Carolina, is a Girls Director // ’05, ’08, ’09 Girls Coach for Tormenta FC Academy. He attended the University of South Carolina Beaufort, earning his Bachelor's degree in business administration, while working at Tormenta FC all four college years. After graduating, he took on the director position for the Hilton Head branch of the club.
Miguel has also been the boys Hilton Head High Varsity coach going on his 2nd year now.
Lopez has been with TFC for 10 years, six of them being full-time. Within that time, he has earned his NSCAA Goalkeeper diplomas I & II, his USSF "C" License and his NSCAA Premier Diploma.
Jola Graham distinguishes herself not only as a coach who improves athletic performance on the court, but also as a leader of young women.
Jola received her Master’s Degree in Physical and Health Education from the University of Lodz in 2002 and is married to Steven Graham who was our HHP Varsity Head Volleyball Coach in 2009-2011. Jola started her coaching career in 2007 volunteering for two seasons here at Hilton Head Preparatory as Varsity Volleyball Assistant Coach and she is very excited to be back.
Training is held Monday through Thursday from 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm. Contact Admissions at 843-715-8505 for more information or to register.
The Volleyball Academy Director - Coach Jola Graham
Hilton Head Preparatory is excited to announce the appointment of Jola Graham to its staff. Jola will act as Volleyball Program Director as well as Athletic Development Coordinator working on Academy activities, lower school programming and teaching lower school PE.
Jola brings extensive volleyball coaching and physical education experience. In 2018 she joined the High Performance Program created by USA Volleyball evaluating athletes during tryouts for their programming and coaching selected athletes during summers.
Jola was most recently the Head Volleyball Coach and Lower School PE teacher at Savannah Country Day School. In 2017 she led the team to the State Final Four. Previously, she was the Head Volleyball Coach at Savannah State University. At the time as Division One Volleyball Program Director Jola distinguished herself not only as a coach who improved athletic performance on the court, but also as a leader of young women guiding the program out of academic issues to achieve a perfect APR score.
Jola competed professionally with the Polish Professional League in her native Poland from 2000-2003.
Prior to her professional career, Jola played for the University of Lodz volleyball squad from 1997-2002, which won silver and bronze medals in Polish Indoor Volleyball Intercollegiate Championships. She also won silver and bronze medals representing her University at the Beach Volleyball Championships and in 2001 led her University team to third place finish in the European Intercollegiate Championships. Jola received her Master’s Degree in Physical and Health Education from the University of Lodz in 2002 and is married to Steven Graham who was our HHP Varsity Head Volleyball Coach in 2009-2011. Jola started her coaching career in 2007 volunteering for two seasons here at Hilton Head Preparatory as Varsity Volleyball Assistant Coach and she is very excited to be back.
Who says speed can’t be taught? Marwin Kline firmly believes that it can— in fact, he’s been demonstrating how for almost 25 years. Marwin Kline was raised in the low country and attended the University of Tennessee on a full Track & Field Scholarship. His accolades include: 1996 Olympic Trials qualifier, 1995 Track & Field News Magazine ranked #32 in the world in the 400 meter dash, a three time All American, four time all SEC, a team captain, and a John Young team captain award winner.
In his many years of training, Marwin has had the opportunity to work with numerous professional and collegiate athletes in a wide range of sports including football, soccer, basketball, and baseball. His passion for athletes and their development— both on and off the field— is present in each of the sessions. Marwin is a mentor to many and a very well respected professional in his field. Bringing the Sports Performance Academy to Hilton Head Prep is an endeavor he is excited about.
Ages - 7-18 Location - Hilton Head Preparatory School Time - Monday, Tuesday & Thursday from 5:15pm - 6:30pm
We would also like to welcome Katie Campbell, a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant with the Wellness Institute, to Prep’s Sports Performance Academy team! She has been practicing for eight years, seven of those years on Hilton Head Island. Katie is a personal trainer and L1 Olympic Weightlifting Coach with Conviction Training Facility/CrossFit Hilton Head, and has been with CTF since 2015. Katie is also certified through USADA to help prevent substance abuse in sports as well as Safe Sport certified to promote professional and appropriate training of youth athletes.
Hilton Head Preparatory School offers a college prep program for serious scholar-athletes who need flexible classroom schedules, individualized attention, and the flexibility to practice and attend competitions. Student athletes must balance the challenging demands of a busy training schedule while staying on track with their academic workload.
Hilton Head Preparatory School dedicates its Academy Program to preparing every student-athlete for the rigors of a college atmosphere. Through students’ engagement with exemplary faculty, participation in co-curricular arts and athletic programs, and meaningful involvement with the community, Prep prepares competent and motivated students to succeed in college and beyond.
Here at Hilton Head Prep, we also have relationships and partnerships with the following outside sports academies.
The G2 Academy model is female centric and maximizes effectiveness by providing a holistic approach that includes all training disciplines including golf, mental training, fitness, nutrition, college placement, leadership development, and empowerment. This single gender program provides an atmosphere for learning that is focused and minimizes distractions so expectations become achievable.
The program at G2 encompasses all aspects of training to maximize success and achieve expectations. The students receive world class training in golf, academics, mental toughness, physical fitness, nutrition and leadership. Unlike your traditional Academy, G2 is designed specifically for girls empowering them for their future success.
G2 Academy students and coaches create individual training performance plans for the students to maximize their competition results and prepare them for junior and college golf. They will practice to play and emulate competition shots during their training program. Their training plan will utilize state of the art technology, when needed, and game like training practice sessions as The G2 Academy believes in and focuses on performance based training.
As we know, no two swings are alike; the students will maintain and continue to build the foundations of an effective golf swing as well as build on their areas of strength to maximize performance. Further, course management is a large focus of the training program as the students learn to perform out on the course.
Each student and their coach will create a competitive tournament schedule to match their goals and build their resume as they work towards the next step in their game.
The Full Time Academy is a nine-month program beginning in mid-August. Academic students begin their informative and engaging instructional program Monday through Friday after school. Students receive instruction both on the course and the practice facilities. Students have weekend access to our courses, giving them additional time to practice what they learned during the week and build comradery with other JPGA students.
Golf Academy Includes:
Instruction with limited student to teacher ratio
Private Instruction with Lead Instructor
Housing & Transportation
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on Campus
TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Fitness Training
Golf seven days a week at World-Class Courses
V1 Video Analysis monthly with ability to email golf swings to College Coaches
Hurricane Junior Golf Tour and International Junior Golf Tour Memberships
Nine Tournaments (Including travel, accommodations and coaches)
College Placement Assistance from Coaching Staff & Director of Student Care
Smith Stearns offers some of the world’s most acclaimed tennis programs, especially designed to help young people develop athletically while supporting their academic, social and emotional growth during the important development years.
We provide a high-performance level of instruction in an elite setting — emphasizing individual instruction in low ratio camps or one-on-one settings to ensure quality interaction between junior players and world-class coaches.
We are able to address a student’s “entire game” with a combination of drilling, strategy, mental preparedness, patterns of play, point set up, and match play. To ensure a high level of technical development, we utilize both soft and hard court training to promote good footwork, sound tactics, and a disciplined approach to playing extended points. In addition to good court performance, we also encourage students to develop good character, sportsmanship, and overall integrity.
By limiting enrollment, we are able to ensure a more personal atmosphere and provide more one-on-one time to each player enrolled at the academy. It’s our way of affording each student the individual time necessary for his or her ultimate success.
Smith Stearns offers year-round, Monday-through-Saturday training for players of all levels — unranked, or state, sectionally, nationally and world-ranked players. Full-Time, weekly, holiday, and summer programs are available for students of all ages.
Full-time students can opt to stay with house parents and attend local schools. This residence program ensures that students are well-supervised and well-supported.
If you are looking to maximize your development as a tennis player, look no further… it’s right here at Van Der Meer Tennis Academy on beautiful Hilton Head Island. Our elite Junior Tennis Academy has a proven track record over 30 years of producing and helping top ATP, WTA, ITF and Collegiate Stars with great character. Our top international coaching staff is dedicated and experienced in integrating mental toughness, fitness training, stroke production, tactics, tournament scheduling, nutrition and injury prevention for all levels and ages. When choosing an academy, do your research. Choose wisely. Choose Van Der Meer!