HS Baseball: HHP Hires Former Seahawk Coach Chris Wells

A familiar face will return to Hilton Head Island dugouts next spring.

Hilton Head Prep has hired former Hilton Head High coach Chris Wells to take over its baseball program, replacing Rick Sofield.

“We are excited to add to the list of outstanding baseball coaches who have worked at Hilton Head Prep,” athletics director Rich Basirico said. “Chris brings so much experience and passion to our baseball program, and we are lucky that he will be coaching our team.”

Wells has an impressive resume featuring 17 years of experience in coaching high school baseball in South Carolina. He is the winningest coach in Hilton Head High history, and he won six region titles and seven region coach of the year awards with the Seahawks. Wells also has coached American Legion and Dixie Youth baseball, as well as coached in the Palmetto Games and the North-South All-Star Game. In addition, Chris has been the area scout for Diamond Prospects and associate scout for the Pittsburg Pirates.

Wells is excited to return to the high school dugout.

“I firmly believe that high school athletics teaches young people important qualities that will carry them further than their athletic abilities alone and that players should have goals as students, players and young adults,” he said.

Sofield, a former big-league player and coach who was the first baseball coach at USCB, coached the Dolphins for one season.

Hilton Head Prep returns a young team, and Wells hopes to develop his promising young roster into a SCISA contender.

“I’m humbled, I’m honored, and I’m excited,” Wells said. “Now I’m just ready to get to work. Special things are to come for Hilton Head Prep baseball.”

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