Westwood boys’ basketball coach Jeff DiBattisto is headed back to a familiar place.
DiBattisto has been named the new athletics director at Dreher High School. He replaces Michael DuBard, who is stepping down at the end of the year. The move was approved at Tuesday's Richland 1 Board meeting.
This will be DiBattisto’s second stint at Dreher. He was the head basketball coach from 2013-15. It also will be his second turn as an athletics director. The 41-year-old was an athletics director at Cardinal Newman from 2011-13.
“I am truly excited about the opportunity to return to Dreher as the athletic director. Dreher has a rich athletic tradition and I'm excited about serving our students and coaches and helping them reach their potential. I think my experiences as both a coach and athletic administrator can be an asset to our athletic community and I look forward to seeing where we can go,” DiBattisto said. “Obviously, leaving Westwood is tough. In a short time, I've developed a great connection with the Westwood community. The community, faculty, administration, and students have been awesome to me and my family. I'm incredibly grateful for having had the opportunity to coach these kids.
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“The basketball program, in my opinion, is in great shape and they are ready to win now. I can’t wait to see where this program will go in the future.”
DiBattisto was 36-15 in two seasons at Westwood, including 19-7 this year. The Redhawks won a share of the Region 3-4A title for the first time in school history and won their first playoff game.
Westwood advanced to the third round of the Class 4A Upper State playoffs.
The Redhawks return all five starters from this year’s team, including Region 3-4A Player of the Year Russell Jones.
DiBattisto will have one more game to coach. He is an assistant at this weekend’s S.C. Basketball Coaches’ North-South All-Star Game on Saturday at Lexington.