For the fourth straight year, the Hilton Head Island High School athletics program has been awarded the South Carolina Athletic Administrators Association's Director's Cup for Class 3-A schools.
The annual award is given to the school in each classification that shows excellence across its entire athletic program, determined by a points system. Each of the 22 S.C. High School League sports with a playoff system is included in the calculation.
With spring sports wrapped up and the high school athletic calendar finished, the Seahawks once again distinguished themselves with outstanding performances across the board. Girls soccer won its fourth consecutive state championship while boys tennis took home another, along with girls swimming, boys cross country and girls cross country.
Nineteen of the school's 20 varsity teams made the postseason.
"Every team is doing their part," athletics director Joe Monmonier said. "Obviously you want to give credit to the players. You have parents, coaches, administration, community members, feeder schools. Everybody really puts forth an effort. Everybody helps out. The student-athletes just keep pushing themselves."
Monmonier said the year-in, year-out success of the program is a campus-wide goal, with coaches checking in to see how their teams are contributing and even members of the community reaching out to send congratulatory notes.
"You obviously feel pressure: You don't want to be the athletic director to let it go," Monmonier said. "We're very competitive here. That's what you strive for."
Of course, four in a row is fine, but Monmonier said he will soon turn his attention to the next challenge -- the drive for five.
"It'll begin soon," Monmonier said.