Jovi McAndrew (“86)

December 13, 2017

Jovi McAndrew (“86) is one of many great RHS alumni who played football and baseball, but one of few who earned such distinguished recognition and success.

McAndrew played quarterback for football and second base for baseball and was awarded the prestigious All-Met All-County honor his senior year for his baseball performance. He also helped bring the RHS varsity baseball team to the state playoffs for three consecutive years: his sophomore, junior and senior years.

McAndrew played JV football his first two years of high school, and then varsity his last two years. For baseball, McAndrew played one year on JV baseball and then the rest of his high school career on varsity.

While at RHS, McAndrew had many invaluable memories and lessons, most of which were derived from sports.

“I can remember sitting on the bleachers in the first day of football practice as a ninth grader…and Tommy Manuel [coach] saying “you’re going to have plenty of time to work, focus on your athletics and academics while you’re in high school,a��” McAndrew said.

McAndrew continued playing baseball through college, first at Francis Marion University and then University of South Carolina 1991 where he earned a degree in sports management. McAndrew currently does commercial real estate, office leasing.

McAndrew continues to apply the valuable skills and lessons he acquired at RHS to his life today.

“I’ve always been very competitive, in the industry that I am in it’s always very competitive as well,” McAndrew said. “I think sports teach you that–really high school starts forming that work ethic, and your ability to sort of go to the next level.”

Looking back, McAndrew still keeps in touch with some former teammates and friends, and emphasizes the importance of doing well academically.

“When you look back on it now, getting good grades…you’re saying, wow, that’s pretty important,” McAndrew said.

Nonetheless, McAndrew advises enjoying life and high school while students can.

“Don’t be afraid to take chances, be who you are, and enjoy it.”

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