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  • Tue, Jan 31
    Greer
    65
    FINAL
    Wade Hampton
    74
  • Tue, Jan 31
    Gaffney
    41
    FINAL
    Spartanburg
    47
  • Tue, Jan 31
    Boiling Springs
    43
    FINAL
    Byrnes
    76
  • Tue, Jan 31
    Mauldin
    55
    FINAL
    Dorman
    84
  • Tue, Jan 31
    Broome
    52
    FINAL
    Union
    60
  • Tue, Jan 31
    Travelers Rest
    68
    FINAL
    Chapman
    43
  • Tue, Jan 31
    Landrum
    71
    FINAL
    Blacksburg
    58
  • Tue, Jan 31
    Chesnee
    47
    FINAL
    Greer MC
    68
  • Tue, Jan 31
    Clinton
    70
    FINAL
    Woodruff
    59
  • Wed, Feb 01
    Spartanburg
    7:30 pm
    South Pointe
  • Fri, Feb 03
    Byrnes
    62
    FINAL
    Dorman
    73
  • Fri, Feb 03
    Boiling Springs
    54
    FINAL
    Gaffney
    44
  • Fri, Feb 03
    Eastside
    45
    FINAL
    Greer
    67
  • Fri, Feb 03
    Brashier MC
    7:30 pm
    Woodruff
  • Fri, Feb 03
    Carolina Acad
    66
    FINAL
    Broome
    52
  • Fri, Feb 03
    Chapman
    50
    FINAL
    Blue Ridge
    61
  • Fri, Feb 03
    Emerald
    44
    FINAL
    Union
    53
  • Fri, Feb 03
    Greenville Tech Charter
    54
    FINAL
    Landrum
    81
  • Fri, Feb 03
    Liberty
    61
    FINAL
    Chesnee
    65

High School

Vikings Welcome New Leader

When you think of Spartanburg High School basketball, undoubtedly, you think of the success the Vikings had during the Doug Lowe era. Lowe coached at SHS for 31 years, winning over 600 games, 17 region championships, going to 4 state championship games, and winning the 2002 4A state championship. 

 

Lowe has been retired since 2010, but the new face you’ll see roaming the sideline in Viking Arena this season remembers him all too well and aspires to bring Spartanburg basketball back to that level of success as well as up the overall perception of the program to a level greater than it was back then. 

 

Back in April, Caleb Gaither was announced as the new head coach of the Vikings after previous coach Fred Ford resigned, marking the beginning of the new era for Spartanburg High School Basketball. 

 

He was drawn to Spartanburg by a little of everything, ranging from the school administration, the incredible facilities and resources at the new school, the talent pool, and the great tradition. 

But, prior to maing the move here, Gaither was previously the Head Coach at Northwestern, where he had received region 4-5A Coach of the Year Honors, compiling a 19-7 record and making it to the 2nd round of the playoffs before they were eliminated by Dorman. Prior to his year at Northwestern, Gaither coached at Lower Richland, where he made the playoffs consistently and won the 4A state title in 2017 (which was his first season as a head coach). 

 

Caleb comes from an athletic and coaching background, being the son of a coach, but has always been significantly influenced by his mother, father, and brother. Many of the lessons he learned from his father, who he looked up to, still come through in his philosophy and pedagogy as a coach today. 

 

He is a native of Lancaster, SC and played football, basketball, and baseball from childhood all the way through high school, where he played for the Lancaster Bruins. After graduating high school, he went on to attend Winthrop University, where with the realization he felt called to coaching, he majored in exercise science. 

 

Gaither believes in 2 fundamental things that he bases his coaching on– playing with maximum effort and developing character. 

 

“My philosophy is to always play as hard as you can, and {in doing so} letting the chips fall where they may. True Character is revealed through adversity. I want players to gain life lessons along with camaraderie while they have fun on and off the basketball court.” 

 

That may sound like “coach speak” to you, but it really is not. His message is clear. If each individual gives their best effort and leaves it all on the court, the wins will come naturally. But even if you lose, the life lessons you learn from the tough experiences and the sense of community/brotherhood/family that you develop with your teammates will help make you a better person on and off the court. Or, as Spartanburg Head Football Coach Mark Hodge puts it, “Iron Sharpens Iron” ( a reference to the verse “As Iron sharpens iron, one man sharpens another” – Proverbs 27:17). 

 

Caleb is beyond excited to get started amd says that he’s most looking forward to seeing his guys mature mentally while developing their overall game. He expects big things this season. If his pedigree as a winner is any indication, we all should expect to see big things out of the Vikings this season and beyond.



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