USC Salkehatchie has named Jeremy Joye as its Director of Athletics effective January 4. Joye will replace the retiring Jane Brewer who held the role for 13 years. Joye will continue to lead the Salkehatchie baseball program where he has served as head coach since 2018.
“Coach Joye has a deep commitment to USC Salkehatchie and values that align with our mission. I am confident that J. J. will lead with integrity. His energy and enthusiasm for the future will inspire our student-athletes and supporters. His love for USC Salkehatchie is evident,” Dean Chris Nesmith said.
Joye is excited to begin his new job. “Salkehatchie has always felt like home to me and this is a tremendous honor. I am excited for the opportunity to work with our outstanding coaches and amazing student-athletes to help Salkehatchie athletics continue to grow and prosper,” Joye said. “I never imagined I would be fortunate enough to return as a coach, let alone to take on the role of Director of Athletics. My priority will always be to work with all departments and the athletes to ensure that we are preparing them for the next step in life after leaving Salk, whatever that may be.”
Coach Joye is a product of the USC Salkehatchie program having been an Indian under Joe Baxter in 2003. A native of South Carolina, he is a 2001 graduate of Manning High School and a 2009 graduate of the University of South Carolina, earning a BA degree in Early Childhood Education. Joye also earned a Master’s in Education through Anderson University in 2017.
Joye began his coaching career in 2005 as an assistant for Manning High School before being named the head coach for the JV squad the following year. In 2007 Joye moved to the college ranks as an assistant at USC Sumter, serving for 4 seasons as the outfielders’ coach while assisting with hitting instruction and recruiting. In August of 2011, he joined the coaching staff at Spartanburg Methodist College helping guide the Pioneers to 3 consecutive trips to the Division I NJCAA World Series (2012, 2013, 2014). During his 8 seasons at SMC, Joye worked with the Pioneer outfielders and infielders and served as the strength and conditioning coach for position players and pitchers. Joye has been involved with the prestigious S.C. Diamond Devils program for many years and has also spent time in the Coastal Plains League as an assistant with the Thomasville Hi-Toms in 2010 and the Columbia Blowfish in 2011.