Lytes took over the LDHS program in January after Ben Sinclair was suspended and later resigned. He served as a varsity boys assistant at LDHS for four years and a varsity girls assistant for three years.
Lytes has also served as a football coach at Gray Court-Owings Middle School for seven years, including four years as head coach. He coached track and field at LDHS for three years.
A graduate of LDHS, Lytes was a standout basketball player and played for Newberry College from 1993-1997.
Lytes replaces Lawrence Kelly, who served one year as head boys basketball coach at Saluda. Saluda, a member of Region III-AA, finished the 2016-2017 season with a record of 16-12.