AIKEN, SC – Aiken High School is pleased to announce the hiring of Gary Asbill as the school’s next Head Varsity Baseball Coach. A committee of AHS coaches, parents, boosters, and administrators tasked with searching for the school’s new head baseball coach is excited to announce its selection to lead the Aiken High baseball program to the next level.
Asbill has ten years of coaching experience at a variety of different levels, including a stint at the NCAA Division II level. Most recently, for the past three seasons, Asbill has served as an assistant baseball coach at the University of South Carolina Aiken, coaching first base while working with catchers. In the summer, Asbill has coached showcase baseball for the SC Diamond Devils stationed in Charleston, SC. He will also serve as a coach for Ship 71 Commodores American Legion Baseball team this upcoming summer.
Outside of coaching, Asbill currently serves as an English teacher at Aiken High School and will be entering his 5th year as a teacher at the school. Along with those duties, he serves as the Sophomore Class Executive supervisor. Asbill is also the chair of the Hornet of the Month program, a school wide program that recognizes student improvement, achievement, and positive character as nominated by the faculty and staff of Aiken High School.
“We are fortunate to have come out of the process with parents, fellow coaches, and students with the very best candidate that will no doubt lead Hornets Baseball into the future,” states Aiken High principal, Dr. Jason Holt. “We have a bright future with him at the helm, and our boys and families will be fortunate to have such a great coach and man leading them daily. Go Hornets!”
Asbill is a graduate of The University of South Carolina Aiken in 2010 with a B.A. in English and a minor in Business Administration while holding membership in Sigma Tau Delta (The English Honor Society). A catcher and designated hitter for the Pacers from 2006-2010, he was accompanied with an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American selection as well the USC Aiken Male Sportsmanship Award in 2010. He went on to earn a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University Portland in 2014. Recently, Asbill is a 2020 graduate from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, earning a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership.
“There are no words that can fully describe the joy, happiness, and excitement I have for the opportunity to lead the Hornet Baseball program in the years to come,” Asbill indicates. “It is my goal to use both the mission and vision of Aiken High School as well as that of Aiken County Public Schools to create a top-notch experience for student-athletes in the program in efforts to reach heightened levels of excellence not only on the playing field but in the classroom. It will be our goal as a program to positively impact an upward-trending school culture at Aiken High School, thus leading to a positive influence in the Aiken community and a brighter future for all students.”
Asbill lives in Aiken with his fiancé, Amanda, and their dog, Kallie. Amanda is pursuing an MAT in Elementary Education from Liberty University. She also serves as the Head JV Girls Soccer coach at Aiken High School.
“Amanda and I are very excited and thankful for the opportunity to proudly wear green and gold going forward,” Asbill adds. “Although there is much work to be done, we are anxiously awaiting those nights we are both under the lights at Henderson Johnson Field and Hagood Stadium. GO HORNETS!”