MB’s Cahill honored as Athletics Director of Year

John Cahill’s role as a father keeps him busy chasing after five sons. His job as athletics director at Myrtle Beach High gives him hundreds of more student-athletes that he looks after like his own children.

Despite the long hours at school and the games, Cahill manages to keep the Seahawks flying high to the point that he was named the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association’s AD of the Year for 2018-19. He will receive the Charles Arthur Stuart Athletic Administrator Award at the annual SCACA banquet later this year.

“I just love doing it for the kids, parents, school and community,” said Cahill, who won the South Carolina Athletic Administration Association’s AD of the Year award in 2016. “I love helping them create a lifetime of memories through competition.”

Like the sports he oversees, Cahill compares his job to a team sport, one in which he receives lots of support. He credits the school administration, faculty, coaches, booster club, parents, students and community for making his job look easy.

“We have a tremendous amount of community support for athletics,” Cahill said. “Myrtle Beach has great coaches across the board, and a very supportive city and booster club. It really is a team effort.”

The teamwork has paid big dividends for the Seahawks in recent seasons, including the school’s eighth state football championship in the fall. Myrtle Beach also had strong team showings in girls basketball, volleyball, soccer and softball, as well as the more individual sports of boys and girls tennis, golf, swimming and cross country.

Tuesday provided a perfect example of the hectic pace in which Cahill operates. With lacrosse playing at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium, soccer at Ashley Booth Field, baseball at the baseball stadium and tennis at the Myrtle Beach Tennis Center, Cahill was on the move at every event until the last lights were turned off for the night.

“I have a very supportive wife,” he said of fellow MBHS graduate and tennis standout Te-Anne Cahill. Their sons are involved in the tennis program so Cahill gets a chance to see his children play, as well as all the other Seahawks he treats like his own at the various sports courts and fields.

Coincidentally, it’s those on-campus athletic facilities, as well as the centralized campus for all grades, that creates a strong spirit for competition for the Seahawks. Students grow up seeing the varsity and JV programs playing in their back yard and want to be a part of it when they reach high school.

Special traditions like the Seahawk Walk, where teams leaving to play for a state championship take a parade tour through the campus to adoring youngsters with homemade signs, help create excitement and a common bond for the next generation of Seahawks that Cahill will oversee.

“All my kids go to Myrtle Beach schools so I get to see them play too,” Cahill said. “It’s just something that Myrtle Beach kids grow up with, wanting to play for the Seahawks.”

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