YORK — Michael Dalton, an assistant men’s basketball coach with Gaffney High School in Cherokee County, has been named head varsity basketball coach of York Comprehensive High School.
Dalton, 30, replaces Larry Dixon, a former Winthrop University assistant basketball coach who left the York post after less than a year to return to college coaching with the staff at Georgia Southern University.
Dalton, who attended Tuesday’s school board meeting where his hiring was approved, said York has “great facilities, good people. They have the ingredients at the high school to succeed at the basketball program.”
He noted that the York basketball program has had some turnover in the coaching leadership in recent years and said he plans to bring stability. “I plan to be here for a while,” he said.
Dalton, a social studies teacher at Gaffney High, will also teach social studies at YCHS, school officials said. In addition to coaching, he said, “I want to build great young men for a career who are college ready.”
He has served as varsity assistant for the past six seasons under Coach Mark Huff. During that time, Gaffney won two state championship titles, one state runner-up and four region championships with an overall record of 126-30.
Dalton, a native of Moultrie, Ga., graduated from University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg with a bachelor of science degree. Upon graduation, he accepted a position at Woodruff High School before moving to Gaffney.