Search for LDHS boys basketball coach narrowed to 4 finalists

Apr 14 Written by  STAFF REPORTS

The field of applicants for the head boys basketball coach at Laurens District High School has been narrowed from 15 to 4, District 55 officials announced on Friday.

Nine of those applicants were selected for an initial interview. Second interviews with the four finalists will be conducted the week of April 17 – 21, 2017. LDHS hopes to be able to complete the selection process by the first week in May 2017.

Mike Morrison is currently an assistant coach at Eastside High School in the Greenville County school system. Morrison was a college standout at Loyola University in Maryland and he became the school’s first and only Division 1-era player to be drafted by an NBA team. Morrison played basketball for the Phoenix Suns and had brief stints with the Washington Bullets and the Orlando Magic before beginning a career in international basketball circles. Since leaving professional basketball, Morrison has consistently worked with Nike Elite Youth Basketball programs and been involved in interscholastic basketball in a variety of settings (including Gray Court-Owings and LDHS). Morrison was inducted into the MAAC and Loyola University Athletic Halls of Fame in 2013 and 2014, respectively. 

Ryan Walker is currently an assistant coach at Dorman High School, the 2017 AAAAA State Champions. He has a B.A. in Biological Sciences with a minor in Sports Management and an M.S. in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. Walker has experience as an NCAA Division I and Division II player and coach, head coaching experience at the middle school level and assistant coaching experience at the varsity level. He was an assistant coach at USC-Upstate for five seasons. 

Charles Wimphrie is currently the head coach at Southern Wesleyan University (SWU), where he has served in that capacity since 1993. Wimphrie is a native of Laurens, who played basketball for Laurens District High School where he averaged 20 points and 15.5 rebounds per game. Wimphrie played college basketball at The Citadel, under legendary Coach Les Robinson, but later transferred to SWU where he still holds the single season scoring record of 781 points. In 1981 he averaged 27.5 points per game (5th highest average in the country) for the Warriors. Wimphrie is one of the top 20 winningest coaches in NAIA history and played an integral role in SWU’s move from the NAIA to the NCAA. 

Rico Salliewhite is currently the head coach at McCormick High School in McCormick, SC, where he has been since July 2013. In his tenure at McCormick his team made playoff appearances in 3 of his 4 years and Salliewhite was named the 2017 Region 1-1A Coach of the Year. Salliewhite also has close ties to Laurens where he served as the Head JV and Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach from 2010 – 2013. Salliewhite began his coaching career as the head varsity basketball coach at Thornwell High School from 2002 – 2007 and assistant basketball coach at Mauldin High School from 2007 – 2010. 

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