High School Sports

Kenny Conroy headed back to HHCA to coach boys basketball

A familiar name is rejoining the Hilton Head Island basketball coaching ranks.

Kenny Conroy, who coached at both Hilton Head Island private schools before moving to Savannah's Bible Baptist School, is returning to coach the Hilton Head Christian Academy boys basketball team next season, athletics director Tommy Lewis said.

Lewis said Conroy will be an assistant athletics director and teach physical education, in addition to his coaching duties.

"Kenny's the kind of guy who will jump in wherever else we need him," Lewis said. "He's the kind of guy who never shies away from doing whatever it took to get the job done. He's going to be a great asset to our school."

Conroy, who coached the girls team at Hilton Head Christian from 1996 to 2001 before going to Hilton Head Prep, comes over from Bible Baptist, where he led the Braves' girls basketball team to the SCISAA Class 2-A state championship game in three consecutive years and won the title the past two seasons. He also was the school's athletics director.

"It wasn't a position that I was looking to get out of," Conroy said. "But when this opportunity arrived, I thought I had to take it."

Most of Conroy's coaching experience is with girls teams -- he spent one year at Bible Baptist coaching both boys and girls and served as an assistant to boys coach Rich Basirico during his time at Hilton Head Prep -- but he doesn't expect the transition to be a problem.

"I think it will be an easy move," Conroy said. "I coached my girls in a boys system, and they performed well in it. I think our boys will be able to perform well in the same system."

Conroy replaces Vinnie Emery, who took the job on an interim basis after Jerry Faulkner's abrupt retirement last September. Emery elected not to continue as the basketball coach, Lewis said, but will remain as the defensive coordinator for the Eagles' football team.

"Vinnie was gracious enough to step in and do it under a last-second need that we had, and he did it as a friend to me and a friend of a the school," Lewis said. "We're very grateful to Vinnie for the job he did."