Athletics

You don’t have to leave your favorite sports behind when you come to GSSM! We have 16 Varsity and two Junior Varsity teams that compete–and win–throughout the state, and more than 65% of our students participate. All Varsity and JV teams play within the South Carolina High School League. To play for GSSM, you’ll need to get a physical to ensure that you’re healthy enough to participate.

We're Successful On the Field Too

GSSM’s varsity sports teams have had great success and big wins in recent years. Our Girls Volleyball team finished 2nd in the state in 2016 and were State Champions in 2018, our Boys Cross Country team brought home the school's first ever State Championship in 2017, we won 7 individual State Championships at the 2018 State Track Meet, our Boys Soccer team were State Champions in 2018, and Girls Track earned the Class A State Championship in 2019.

In partnership with Hartsville High School, GSSM students may be able to tryout and participate on teams at Hartsville High School for sports that GSSM does not currently offer. The GSSM academic and residential program requirements take precedent if a student does play on a team at Hartsville High School.

GSSM also fields a Boys Volleyball team with the Palmetto Volleyball Association.

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    Fall Sports

    Cross Country

    Swimming

    Girls Volleyball 

    Girls Tennis

    Girls Golf

    Spring Sports

    Boys Tennis

    Track & Field

    Soccer

    Boys Golf

    Boys Volleyball

     

    Winter Sports

    Basketball

    Co-Ed Cheerleading

    Junior Varsity Sports

    Girls Volleyball

    Boys Basketball

     

    Policies and Procedures

    Emergency Action Plan

    All of our coaches are given this form and asked to fill it out and practice during the season with specified teams.

    Concussion - REAP

    Working closely with the Wellness Services, we are developing a policy for return to learn. The REAP program will be used to implement this new information. 

    Concussion Videos from NFHS

    Safe Sport School

    By the efforts of our wonderful ATC, the National Athletic Trainers' Association has awarded GSSM a certificate of achievement in recognition of the superior efforts made by the Governor's School for Science and Mathematics to protect its young athletes. Our school is awarded the First Team designation because it accomplished all requirements outlined in the Safe Sports School Award application. It is not an easy award for which to qualify and we are very proud to have achieved it!

    Supportive and Highly Qualified Coaches

    Our combined 38 coaches, alongside the Athletic Director, Assistant Athletic Director, and Athletic Trainer, provide fundamental teaching for first-time athletes, as well as rigorous training to make all student athletes better.

    Athletics Leadership

    Hugh O'Connor, Athletic Director (ISSA Strength & Conditioning certified)
    hoconnor@gssm.k12.sc.us | 843.383.3901 x 2109

    Jacob Robertson, Assistant Athletic Director
    jrobertson@gssm.k12.sc.us | 843.383.3901 x 2110

    Jennifer Nesseth, Certified Athletic Trainer
    nesseth@gssm.k12.sc.us | 843-383-6864 ext. 2116