Saints’ Gore to step aside; Stevens, Hall to move up

cambhoops-goreWhen Darren Gore took over as coach of the upstart Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach boys basketball program, the team practiced in a church fellowship hall. When he steps down after his upcoming 10th season, he will leave the program with a new gymnasium and at least five state championship banners hanging from the rafters.

Gore announced Wednesday he will turn his whistle over to assistant coach Colin Stevens after the 2016-2017 season, ending an era of incredible success for the Saints. The program has quickly established itself as SCISA state power and the talent level has increased dramatically as the school has grown.

“I’m proud of how we built this out of nothing and what we’ve been able to accomplish through the years,” said Gore. “Our first year we went 13-10 and made the playoffs, and we didn’t really know what that meant. It’s taken off from there and I’m
proud of what we’ve been able to do through the school.”

Gore said Stevens, a former Coastal Carolina walk-on standout and head of the local Manzer Academy AAU basketball program, has been helping him as an assistant since last season and is ready for the new role. The Saints return a solid lineup led by Michael Green, and Waccamaw’s Justin Busby is transferring in this fall. Gore would love to go out with one more state title.

“It would be nice to go out with 200 wins and a sixth state championship,” said Gore, who boasts a 179-71 record entering his 10th season. “I always like Cinderella endings, and I like this team. They are a fun group to be around and I’m looking forward to coaching them one last time.”

The Christian Academy girls program will see a changing of the guard this year as Meredith (Sisson) Hall moves up from junior varisty to varsity coach. Hall, a standout at Myrtle Beach High who went on to play college and professional basketball, led the JV Lady Saints to an undefeated record and has a strong corp of young players moving up to join the varsity squad.

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