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GSSM students enjoy the thrill of competition with our athletics program.
You don’t have to leave your favorite sports behind when you come to GSSM! We have 19 Varsity, 2 Junior Varsity, and 1 Club team 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. You and your doctor should complete our sports physical and history exam form.
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GSSM’s varsity sports teams have had great success and big wins in the last few years. Our Women's Volleyball team finished 2nd in the state in 2016, our Men's 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, and our Men's Soccer team won their first State Championship in 2018. We have also earned regional championships in Men's and Women's Tennis, Cross Country, and Volleyball.
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 Men's Volleyball team with the Palmeto Volleyball Association.
GSSM competes in a variety of Varsity sports, including:
GSSM Junior Varsity sports include:
Jennifer Nesseth: Certified Athletic Trainer
Office: 843-383-6864 ext. 2116
I am the Full Time Certified Athletic Trainer. I outreach from Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center in Hartsville, SC
I have worked here since the fall of 2014. I also help the athletic office with day to day operations as well. My expertise is getting injured athletes back on the field in a safe, timely manner providing injury prevention, recognition/evaluation of injuries, emergency action in times of traumatic injuries, and rehabilitation of injuries.
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 acheived it!
Thanks Jen for all that you do!
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.
Hugh O'Connor, Athletic Director (ISSA Strength & Conditioning certified)
843.383.3901 x 2109
Jacob Robertson, Assistant Athletic Director
843.383.3901 x 2110