Samuel leaves Hartsville for Coker

Hartsville boys basketball coach Aric Samuel is making the leap from high school coaching to college, but will stay in town to do it. Samuel was named assistant men's basketball coach at Coker College. Samuel won back to back state championships with the Red Foxes including a 28-1 season in 2012-13 highlighted by a 65-62 overtime win over Eastside in Columbia to win a second straight 3A state title. In all, Samuel won three state titles in his high school coaching career. He coached the 2005 state champs at Hunter-Kinard-Tyler.

"I am beyond excited for the opportunity at Coker," Samuel said in a Coker press release. "I've been coaching high school for 16 years, so to get the chance to coach at the collegiate level is one I could not pass up. Being able to work with and learn under the great Dan Schmotzer is going to be incredible. I cannot thank the administration at Coker enough for this wonderful opportunity."

"This is an outstanding hire not only for our program, but for the college," said Coker head coach Dan Schmotzer. "I've known Aric since he was in high school, and he's a proven winner as a player and coach. He will help with our player development, recruiting, and serve as a great liaison between the coaches and players."

"We wish Coach Samuel the best in his future endeavors. He has led our basketball program to unprecedented success, and he has done it the right way, having a tremendously positive impact on our school climate in every respect,â?? said Dr. Charlie Burry, Hartsville High School principal in a Darlington Coutny School press release.

â??I am excited for Aric to have the opportunity to move to the next level in his coaching career,â?? said Hartsville Highâ??s athletic director Phyllis Griggs. â??Aric is an outstanding coach and a great man. Not only does he teach the game of basketball, but he also teaches the young men the importance of good character. The Hartsville High School Athletics Department is saddened to be losing such a great coach. We wish him well and offer our support.â??