The Edgefield County School District announced the hiring of Mack Hite to be the new head baseball coach at Strom Thurmond High School. Hite replaces Coach Christopher Zylstra, who left to be an assistant baseball coach and teacher at South Aiken High School.

A graduate of Abbeville High School, where he played football and baseball, Hite continued to play baseball at Presbyterian College, where he was a three-year starter and a two-time team captain. Following college, Hite got into coaching as an assistant in football and baseball at Greenwood High School. He also taught social studies at Greenwood, which he will also teach at Strom Thurmond.

Hite is highly regarded in baseball circles throughout South Carolina and is known as a fierce competitor as well as a teacher of the game. Edgefield County superintendent Greg Anderson said Hite uses baseball to teach members of his team valuable life lessons. This is an essential element that the Edgefield County School District looks for throughout the hiring process of any of its employees.

“We have to remember that our students are not yet adults and are very impressionable at this age,” Anderson said in a statement. “We make it a prerequisite that any hire we make must maintain high moral attributes and set an example to all of our students. Coach Hite fits these requirements perfectly.”

Strom Thurmond athletic director Doug Painter added, “after an exhaustive search, we are both pleased and excited to be able to get a first class coach such as Coach Hite.”

The Edgefield County School Board met in a special called meeting on July 11 to accept the recommendation of the administration and make it official that Hite would be the new baseball coach at Strom Thurmond. Hite wasted no time and has already conducted summer workouts.

“There is a tremendous amount of talent here and the community support has been phenomenal. The baseball program at Strom Thurmond is a sleeping giant and I am going to do everything I can to wake it up,” Hite said in a statement. “I very much appreciate the opportunity to be the head coach of the baseball team at Strom Thurmond. I want to thank the school board for placing its confidence in me. I want to say a special thank you to the parents and community for providing me with such a warm reception. I will work as hard as I can to fulfill the expectations of me.”