Aric Samuel


HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- Coker College has posted a job advertisement for a new men's basketball coach. The link to apply for the job is on the NCAA Career Center's website.

That means Aric Samuel is not returning as the Cobras' coach. He was 3-24 this past season, and 23-61 during his three-year stint as Coker's coach.

After coaching Hartsville High School to SCHSL Class 3A boys' state basketball crowns in 2012 and '13, he joined the Cobras' staff as an assistant under Dan Schmotzer. Samuel was 125-47 in seven seasons while coaching the Red Foxes.

After Schmotzer retired as Coker's coach in 2016, Samuel took over as the Cobras' coach.

But before Samuel came to Hartsville, he was a successful boys' coach at Hunter-Kinard-Tyler. There, he guided his team to a Class A state runner-up finish in 2002 against Latta, which at the time was coached by Steven Smith. Smith is now the boys' coach at Mullins.

Then in 2005, Samuel guided H-K-T to the Class A state championship, beating Hemingway, then coached by Barry McFadden, in the state final.

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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