The decision about who will lead the Sumter High School varsity boys basketball team next season has officially been made.
SHS principal Sterling Harris announced on Monday that former Lower Richland High and University of South Carolina standout Jo Jo English was offered the position and he accepted.
The offer is still pending, however, until English signs a contract of employment with the school for next year – something that won’t be able to take place until after spring break, Harris said.
English was one of three finalists for the position along with current Lower Richland head coach Willie Thomas and Irmo High School junior varsity head coach Nick Agnello.
English starred at Lower Richland in the late 1980s before moving on to become a standout at USC. English earned a spot in the National Basketball Association with the Chicago Bulls for a few seasons.
His head coaching experience is limited to a few games at the end of the 2011-12 season when he took over the Scott’s Branch High varsity girls team after head coach Ruth Coard was killed in an automobile accident. English has been a part of the SBHS faculty this year.
English replaces Sam Fuller, who resigned after two seasons as head coach. He led the Gamecocks to an 18-11 record and the 4A lower state championship game this season.