Socastee taps ex-MB coach Scott to replace Johnson

The Socastee High boys basketball program went back to the well to find its new boys basketball coach Thursday.

After Braves boys basketball coach Tommy Johnson, who was hired eight years ago from Wilson High, announced his retirement Wednesday, Socastee hired current Wilson coach DeAndre Scott to take over the boys hoops program.

If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Scott served as the head coach of the Myrtle Beach boys basketball team until 2008, when he led the Seahawks to the Class 3A championship with a then-freshman guard Everett Golson.

Scott takes over a boys program that has struggled in recent years under Johnson, who coincidentally coached Scott at Wilson. The Braves have finished fourth and last in Region 7-3A the past two seasons while Wilson has won the regular-season title.

Scott stepped down as the Tigers’ coach in March, citing the desire to spend more time with his family. He and his wife have a young son and will be moving back to familiar territory at his former Grand Strand rival.

The quick hire leaves only the football coaching position left to fill. An announcement about the hire is expected any day.

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