High School Sports

Shoemaker takes over Ben Lippen basketball program

Mick Shoemaker was hired Tuesday as Ben Lippen’s boys basketball coach, replacing Wayne Earhardt.

Shoemaker was an assistant under Earhardt last season with the Falcons.

"Couch Shoemaker did a tremendous job as an assistant coach this past season," Ben Lippen athletics director Bill Currier said in announcing Shoemaker’s promotion. "He and coach Earhardt complemented each other. The kids have tremendous respect for Coach Shoemaker and I am confident he has the skills and experience necessary to develop a strong program."

Shoemaker played basketball at the University of Cincinnati and later was an assistant coach with the Bearcats.

Since moving to the Midlands, Shoemaker worked with church, recreational and AAU leagues before he founding a developmental team at Ben Lippen. He was head coach of Ben Lippen’s middle school team for three years before working as a varsity assistant last season.

"It was a privilege to coach this year with Wayne Earhardt, one of the premier coaches in South Carolina,” Shoemaker said. "I’m excited about the opportunity to take on the challenge of head coach. Our goal will be to get to the level where we are playing in championship games each year."