Northwestern Basketball

Northwestern High searching for new boys’ basketball coach

bmccormick@heraldonline.comApril 3, 2013 

— Northwestern High School is looking for a new varsity boys’ basketball coach, according to a Rock Hill School District web site job listing.

Longtime Northwestern head coach Mike Gossett is no longer at the Trojans’ helm, though school principal James Blake declined to explain why when reached by phone Wednesday, saying only that “it was a personnel decision that was made.”

Gossett coached the Trojasns for nearly 20 years after coming to Northwestern from Strom Thurmond High School in 1994. Gossett, out of town until the end of the week, did not return a message left on his voicemail.

Though it’s spring break, Northwestern administrators are on the hunt for a replacement.

“We’d like to make a determination as far as the candidate as soon as possible,” said Blake. He added that “some viable candidates have shown interest.”

One name that has surfaced, though not from anyone involved with the search, is Lewisville coach Larry Davis. A Sunday Twitter post by Carey Rich, from radio station 560 The Team out of Columbia, congratulated Davis in less than 140 characters: “Former USC star Larry Davis, who just led Lewisville to a 1A Title, will be named the Head Basketball Coach at Northwestern in Rock Hill!!” Rich played basketball at South Carolina around the same time Davis starred for the Gamecocks in the mid-1990s.

Davis is fresh off leading Lewisville to the Class A state title in just his second year in Richburg. His name has been unofficially linked with a number of jobs that opened up after the season, but Monday Davis said he couldn’t comment on the Northwestern situation.

Davis played two years at the University of North Carolina, winning a national championship in 1993, before transferring to South Carolina where he starred for the Gamecocks in a dynamic three-guard backcourt alongside Melvin Watson and B.J. McKie. Watson currently coaches South Pointe, and faced Davis’ Lewisville squads twice in non-region play this season.

Bret McCormick 329-4032; Twitter: @BretJust1T

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