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Dorman assistant named boys basketball coach at Lugoff-Elgin

Watch: Dorman boys celebrate third straight Class 5A title

Dorman defeated Berkeley, 46-39, to win the Class 5A state championship on March 1, 2019.
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Dorman defeated Berkeley, 46-39, to win the Class 5A state championship on March 1, 2019.

As an assistant, Brendan Marcell was part of a state-championship winning staff at Dorman.

Now, Marcell will be in charge of his own program. Lugoff Elgin hired Marcell as its new boys’ basketball coach. His hire was approved at Tuesday’s Kershaw County school board meeting.

Marcell replaces Garrett Knight, who had been with the school for the past six seasons.

“I think I’m ready to be a head basketball coach,” Marcell said. “Working for Thomas Ryan has prepared me for this. What excites me most is ability to build a basketball program from young to old through the elementary and rec programs. That is what excites me the most.

“We are going to do it through hard work. We also have to establish great work habits and respect the game, doing things the right way.”

Marcell will meet with his new team Friday. He will remain at Dorman until the end of the school year.

The Greenville native has been an assistant at Dorman on Thomas Ryan’s staff for the past three years. The Cavaliers have won three straight Class 5A championships. Marcell is the six former Dorman assistant to get a head coaching job.

Before Dorman, Marcell spent time in college as an assistant at Newberry and Coker, his alma mater where played basketball for the Cobras.

Lugoff-Elgin went 8-18 this season after back-to-back winning seasons. The Demons went 16-8 in 2017-18 and made the playoffs.

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