Beaufort Academy boys basketball coach Chip Dinkins stepped down this week.
Dinkins, the 2016 Island Packet Coach of the Year, missed most of last season after surgery for a torn aorta. He had been at the school since 1999 when he was hired as a JV coach.
Dinkins led Beaufort Academy to 10 playoff appearances and state title in 2006.
“Coach Dinkins and I have worked and coached together at BA for 3 years, but have been good friends for a long time. Coach Dinkins had a great run coaching at his alma mater, 10 teams qualified for state playoffs, and won a state championship in 2006,” Beaufort Academy Athletic Director, Neal McCarty said in a school release. “Unfortunately, he missed most of his final season coaching due to a torn aorta. However, I have a good feeling that he still will be involved in some capacity. Chip is a legend around campus, and the “voice of the Eagles” on Friday nights in the fall.
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“I can’t thank Coach Dinkins enough for everything he has done for our school and basketball program up to today. Beaufort Academy is a better place, and basketball is a better program because of Coach Dinkins.”
Dinkins had surgery in January and Beaufort Academy went out and defeated John Paul II hours later, 70-68. He didn’t return to the bench last season as Izell Sutton was BA’s coach for the rest of the season.
Beaufort Academy made it to the SCISA Class A final four before losing to Charleston Collegiate.