Kim Tuten Hannah-Pamplico girls' basketball coach 2018


FLORENCE, S.C. – Kim Tuten is back in the game as a high school basketball coach.

Once the girls’ basketball coach at Hannah-Pamplico from 1997 until 2001, she is the Raiders’ coach once again, replacing Nick Dixon, who resigned to become a three-sport assistant at his alma mater, Chesterfield.

“It’s been a while since I coached, and when the opportunity became available to get back in it, I was excited because I love the game of basketball, and I love sports," Tuten said.

Tuten is the wife of Johnsonville principal Sam Tuten and mother of North Greenville University/Florence Post 1 baseball player, Lex Tuten. She also has a daughter, Samantha Tuten, who is a competitive cheerleader at Johnsonville.

“I walked away from coaching the first time when Lex was like 2 years old," Tuten said. "I wanted to raise my kids. But now that they’re doing their own thing, I’m excited to do what I love, too.”

Tuten was a star point guard for the Raiders before earning a basketball scholarship to Newberry College. Before her first stint as Hannah-Pamplico's coach, she was an assistant at West Florence under then-coach Kevin Allen, and at South Florence under then-coach Lisa Jones.

Looking to Hannah-Pamplico, Tuten has a plan.

“We want to go back to the fundamentals and build their skills,” Tuten said. “I’ve done summer workouts with them, and they do have a good core coming back. I just feel like we have to keep building upon the basics, and we’ll go from there.”

Tuten, who is entering her 26th season as a teacher, takes over a Raider program that spent most of last season in Class A’s top 10.

This season, Hannah-Pamplico is projected to be in Class 2A.

Again, Tuten said fundamentals can keep Hannah-Pamplico in the mix.

“We’ve got to play defense, we want to be aggressive on defense,” Tuten said. “Defense will win ballgames.”

Prep Sports Writer

Scott covers prep sports, takes action photos and produces videos. An APSE award winner in sports writing, photography and videography, he played college tennis on scholarship and earned degrees from Young Harris College (Ga.) and Berry College (Ga.).

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