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Ex-USC player now hoops coach in Beaufort

Former USC basketball player Tony Kitchings was named the boys basketball coach Thursday at Beaufort Academy.

Kitchings played at USC from 2000-03. He went on to play one year professionally in Korea and for the Asheville Altitude and Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Developmental League.

In his first year as a head coach, Kitchings led United Faith Christian Academy in Charlotte to a 17-9 record last season.

Kitchings replaces Chip Dinkins, who led Beaufort Academy to a SCISA state title and was named coach of the year by three organizations in 2004 and ‘06.

“I’ve got nothing else to prove; I’ve done a lot in my playing career,” Kitchings said. “I’m coming in here to help the kids not only as athletes but as academic students, so they can have the best chance of making it to the next level.”

— McClatchy Newspapers