Athletics

St. Joseph Central Catholic High School students participate in many WVSSAC high school sports, as seen on the right.  Most of our students participate in at least one team sport, and many compete on a team each season.  Come out and support our teams.  GO IRISH!

 

WVSSAC Sports Physical Form (592 downloads)

The WVSSAC requires a new Athletic Participation/Parental Consent/Physician’s Certificate Form for each school year, on or after June 1st.

Athletes are NOT ALLOWED to participate in any summer practices or begin a sport without a current form on file.

All schedules that have been posted are subject to change without notice.

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Fall Sports


  
 

2021 SJ Girls Schedule

Schedules are subject to change.

 

Lady Irish Soccer
2021-2022

The girls’ soccer team has had many all-state players, including one All-American and WV Gatorade Player of the Year, Mckenzie Moran, in 2018. The team is currently coached by Tyler Smith and conducts their games and practices at the YMCA Kennedy Center located at 5800 Ohio River Road Huntington WV 25702.

 

2021 Boys Soccer Schedule

Schedules are subject to change. 

 

Irish Soccer

Boys Soccer has a storied tradition at St. Joe! They have been to 6 state finals with the last being in 1997. They earned a State Title in 1989. The team has had two WV Gatorade Player of the Year Recipients: Clark Haptonstall (1986) and James Hall (1989).

We welcome all new and experienced soccer players!

Head Coach: Nick Turner

Head Coach: Nick Turner

Mr. Turner is a beloved 3rd grade teacher at St. Joseph Catholic School.  A native of West Virginia, Nick was a high school standout player at St. Joseph Central Catholic High School from 2008-2011, receiving all-state honors in both his junior and senior years. In addition to high school, he played select soccer for WV Rowdies, EKFC, and WVSC. Turner continued his playing career at the collegiate level as a scholarship player at Bethany College. In his four-year tenure, Nick was Captain his senior year and achieved Academic All-American honors during his junior and senior years. On the coaching side, Coach Turner is a USSF certified licensed coach and has achieved a high-level amount of success on the club and high school levels.

Nick was the Head Girls’ Soccer Coach at St. Joseph Catholic High School from 2015-2018 and had one of the best teams in the state during that time. Since he had been on staff, the team had a 62-23-2 record, finished Top 5 in the state from 2016-2018, and had eight players go on to play college soccer. Nick was an assistant coach for Johnson Central High School Men’s Soccer in Paintsville, KY in 2019, and is currently the Head Boys Coach of St. Joseph Catholic High School. On the club side, Nick coached XFC with two boys high school clubs from 2017-2019 and also has experience training and coaching in a small group private environment. This will be Nick’s second season coaching St. Joe Men’s soccer.

Assistant Coaches:

Bernard Vellajo and Jim Turner 

Chris C., Anistyn C., Andy V., and Erin V. representing SJHS at the 2021 regional golf tournament. 

SJHS Golf
2021-2022

SJHS welcomes both new and experienced golfers to join our golf team!

Over the years, several teams and individuals have qualified for the state tournament with several players receiving all-state honors.

In 2019, Bryan V. received all-state honors.

SJHS has a cross country team for both boys and girls.  Both new and experienced runners are welcome to join the team!

Over the years, SJHS has had several runners qualify for the state meet.  In 2016, McKenzie M. won the class A/AA individual state title.

2021 Cross County members Macy S., Lucia O., and Marshall R. at the Dutch Miller Invitational. 

SJHS Volleyball

2021-2022 Volleyball Schedule

Schedule is subject to change.

Coach: Kara Mullins

Assistant Coach:  Allisan Baker 

Fighting Irish Volleyball is a competitive and rewarding program for our female athletes at St. Joe. In 2021, Coach Mullins and Coach Baker began working with our young ladies to ensure that they not only grew as players but grew as a team. Their goal is to continue to build St. Joseph High School’s volleyball program by offering spring conditioning, summer workouts,  open gym, and the possibility of hosting an annual tournament.

SJHS welcomes all new and experienced volleyball players to join the team!

Winter Sports

St. Joseph Central Catholic High School offers students the sport of swimming as a winter sport.  The team primarily practices at Marshall University’s Rec Center and the Cam Henderson Center after school on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Additional training sessions are offered throughout the season.  The season runs from October through to mid-February, with the conclusion of the state swim meet.  Swim meets take place throughout the season in the evenings or on the weekends at various aquatic centers located within West Virginia.  The St. Joseph Swim Team is coached by the school’s principal, Dr. Templeton.  As an avid swimmer herself, Dr. Templeton brings a lifetime experience of competitive swimming, representing Great Britain in swimming, running, and competing at both national and international levels in triathlons for the GB team.  Dr. Templeton is excited to bring her knowledge and expertise in swimming to coach the school’s swim team.  Go Irish!

Cheerleading at SJHS is a winter sport with both boys and girls.  Cheerleaders cheer at home and (some) away boys and girls basketball games.

Schedules are subject to change. 

St. Joseph Central Catholic High School is excited to welcome Coach Ms. Alyssa Hammond and Coach Mrs. Jessica Huff for the 2021-2022 basketball season.  This dynamic duo of Coach Hammond and Coach Huff brings outstanding leadership to the St. Joseph Basketball program combined with a tremendous wealth of knowledge, expertise, and basketball experience at the collegiate level.   On behalf of St. Joseph Central Catholic High School, welcome Coach Hammond and Coach Huff to our Fight Irish school community.  Go Irish!

Dr. Carol Templeton
Principal

 

Coach Hammond

Coach Hammond is a graduate of Marshall University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Chemistry.  As a student, Coach Hammond also played Division I for Marshall University from 2005-2010 and was named to the Conference USA all-freshman team.  Since graduating from Marshall, Coach Hammond’s passion for the sport has continued through private instruction and coaching sessions along with experience coaching for St. Joseph Catholic School’s girls’ basketball team in 2019-2020.  

US Foods currently employs coach Hammond as a territory manager, enabling Coach Hammond the flexibility and opportunity to return to her passion on the basketball court. As a member of the Marshall Alumni Board, Coach Hammond is proud to be able to give back to the community that has helped her flourish as a student-athlete.  Coach Hammond resides in Huntington with her three beautiful rescue dogs, Penny, Pax, and Pilot.  

 

Coach Huff

Coach Jessica Huff graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism.  At Penn State, Jessica was a student-athlete with the track and field program where she earned many accolades including All-Big Ten selection, team captain, All-Academic Big Ten selection, Dean’s List recipient, and Student-Athlete Advisory Board member.  From 2003-2010, Huff played professional basketball overseas in the Federation of International Basketball. 

Upon graduation, Huff served in a leadership role for young women by starting her coaching career as an assistant at The University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff, and The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  In 2016, Coach Huff was named the head basketball coach at Mississippi State University.  Later, she was named the head coach at Tennessee State in 2017.  In 2020, Coach Huff stepped down to focus on her family and community. 

Today, Jessica is a devoted wife to Marshall University Head Football Coach, Charles Huff and mother to son B.J.  She established the Jessica Kern Foundation and travels the country speaking to teams, schools, and organizations about achieving greatness through infrastructure management, positive reinforcement and the facilitation of promoting organic growth.  Her missions is to help others follow their dreams. 

 

 

The girls’ basketball team at St. Joseph Central Catholic High School welcomes all students who are interested in playing basketball.

The team has been to the WV state finals for the last 12 straight seasons. They have won 9 state championships, with 2019 being the most recent title. The team has had numerous All-State players and McDonald’s All-American nominees. The team has had two players receive Gatorade Player of the Year Honors. Mychal Johnson won it twice (2012-13, 2013-14), and Grace Hutson (2019-20). 

Schedules are subject to change. 

 

St. Joseph Central Catholic High School is excited to welcome Coach Todd Maynard, a Spring Valley native, as Head Basketball Coach for the upcoming 2021-2022 basketball season.  Coach Maynard brings extensive years of experience, an unprecedented work ethic, and professional expertise in the field of basketball, leadership, and business education.  As a keen basketball player himself representing Kentucky Christian University, Coach Maynard took his team to the NAIA final four in 2007-2008.  

Today, Coach Maynard continues to focus and apply his energy, passion, and expertise not only on the basketball court but also in the classroom.  As a highly qualified business education teacher, teaching business education at Tolsia High School for the past four years, Coach Maynard has recently accepted a new position teaching business at Huntington High School.  In addition to his new teaching position, Coach Maynard has been recognized for building a highly successful basketball program at Tolsia High School over the past four years.  As Head Coach at Tolsia, Coach Maynard’s basketball team accomplished a win at the sectional championship and was recognized as a regional runner-up.  Coach Maynard’s basketball team has also been ranked among the top five teams in the state for the past four years.  Coach Maynard holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Kentucky Christian University Studies in Biblical Studies and Business Management.  In addition to this, Coach Maynard has a Master’s Degree in Executive Leadership from Liberty University, VA.

Coach Maynard resides in Huntington, WV, with his wife Sara and five children, Mason, Tucker, Layla, Paisley, and Sadie.  On behalf of St. Joseph Central Catholic High School, welcome Head Coach Maynard to the Fighting Irish!

Spring Sports

A message from head coach Eric Blatt:

Hello, I’m Eric Blatt with the St. Joseph Central Catholic High School Fighting Irish tennis team. I am a 1988 graduate of St. Joe and this is my third year coaching some fantastic men and women beginning February 28. 

The other coaches (Sarah Blatt and Donald Bates) and I are very excited for another successful, energetic, and without question, entertaining season at Ritter Park tennis courts. Currently, we have a sixteen-match schedule that includes teams from Williamstown, Charleston, and Logan which will then lead into Regionals and States in early May. 
 

 

Schedules are subject to change. 

 

Congratulations to our 2019 Fighting Irish Baseball team on making the State Baseball Tournament for the first time in 32 years!  Way to go Irish!

Schedules are subject to change. 

Schedules are subject to change.