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New assistant principal of athletics named at Philip Simmons High

Published Thursday, June 13, 2019

Mr. Daniel Minkin

Mr. Daniel Minkin stands to be recognized by the Berkeley County Board of Education during the Tuesday, June 11, 2019 regular meeting. (BCSD photo)

The Berkeley County Board of Education approved the hire of the new assistant principal of athletics at Philip Simmons High during Tuesday’s regularly-scheduled meeting.

In July, Mr. Daniel Minkin will officially join the Ironhorse community and begin the role he describes as a “blessing.”

Mr. Minkin comes to the team of Dr. Anthony Dixon, BCSD Secondary Education Principal of the Year. He said the opportunity to learn from Dr. Dixon is an honor and only adds to his excitement.

“I’m excited and blessed to be a part of this,” Mr. Minkin said. “How often do you get to come into a place where your boss is Principal of the Year. I am honored to be in a position to learn from him and be like a sponge.”

Mr. Minkin’s resume carries a strong background in athletics, coaching and teaching. He played lacrosse at Limestone College, was as assistant athletic director at Boiling Springs High and was the co-athletic director at Waccamaw High from 2016 until his hire with BCSD. In 2010 he was the South Carolina High School League’s Coach of the Year. He’s also spent several years in the classroom teaching history, government and economics.

In addition, Mr. Minkin is responsible for starting lacrosse programs at Boiling Springs High and Spartanburg High. As high school lacrosse continues to increase in popularity, Dr. Dixon admitted Mr. Minkin’s background with the sport was definitely a bonus.

“Our intentions are to have a junior varsity girls’ team in the spring, and then we will see where it goes from there,” Dr. Dixon said.

Whether lacrosse is quickly added to the list of extracurricular activities at PSH or not, Mr. Minkin said the larger focus will always be on helping teens at the school become well-rounded adults.

“I want to do everything I can to support them and give them the best chance I can for them to succeed in anything they do – athletically or academically,” he said. “…That’s why we get into education, to help children and help them become better people as they get older.”

That focus on developing students is something Dr. Dixon says makes Mr. Minkin a great addition to the team at PSH.

“His passion for education, coupled with his enthusiasm and skills in athletics, make him a welcomed member to the community,” Dr. Dixon said.

Brian Troutman