Laney High School had big shoes to fill when longtime girls’ basketball coach Sherri Tynes stepped down this summer after 23 seasons. Athletics Director Fred Lynch announced her replacement this week as Ashley Berting will take over the Buccaneers’ program.
Berting most recently served as head coach at South Brunswick, where she spent one season before getting the opportunity in Buctown. The under-manned Cougars went 0-21 last year during Berting’s first year as a high school head coach.
Despite the rocky start for the former four-year letter winner at Swansboro High School, Berting is confident in the knowledge gained to help her in the challenge ahead. Before getting her first teaching job at Morehead High School in Eden, Berting was a graduate assistant for the Western Carolina University Women’s Basketball team in 2012-2013.
“I think one of the biggest things I’ve been able to do is get opportunities to be around the game and constantly developing a passion for the game,” said Berting. “I’ve been able to see what the game is like at the next level and it helped me understand the process into the work that goes into a winning program.
“Having played against teams in the conference this past year has also helped me prepare for what we’ll need to do to be successful.”
Tynes fought through health issues for the last few seasons to remain on the court, but multiple surgeries due to pain in her feet limited her mobility and was the main reason for making the retirement announcement in late May. She had a 423-189 record as Laney’s head coach.