Panthers News · Apicella Named 3A AD of the Year


Lake City High School Athletic Director Matt Apicella has been named the South Carolina Athletic Administrators Association’s 3A Athletic Director of the Year. The award was presented Wednesday at the annual SCAAA conference in Charleston.

Apicella was selected from among the eight 3A Region Athletic Directors of the Year. He was nominated by other athletic directors in Region 6-AAA. The SCAAA executive committee selected an Athletic Director the Year from each classification.

Apicella has served as Lake City High’s athletic director for six years and also is the head varsity baseball coach. Since being named athletic director, he has focused on student-athletes performing community service. Over the past four years, the school’s student-athletes have performed over 6,000 hours of community service work.

“Every year, I get the honor to work with the best kids around and they inspire me every day to keep grinding and looking for ways to make our vision work,” Apicella said. “I am thankful for Superintendent Laura Hickson-Evans’ unwavering support and for always granting me the leeway to make things happen. This honor is a testament to a complete group effort from kids to coaches to administration,” he added. “I am beyond proud to bring more positive light to Lake City High School.”