Laurens, SC – January 26, 2017 – On Friday, January 20, 2017, Laurens District High School (LDHS) Boys’ Varsity Basketball Coach Ben Sinclair was ejected from a game at Greenwood High School. On Thursday evening, January 26th, the District Athletic Director, Ed Murray, advised Sinclair that he was being suspended from his coaching duties for the remainder of the 2016/2017 basketball season. Sinclair was advised that he was not being terminated but that his future status as the coach would be determined following the conclusion of the 2016/2017 season.
At 9:32 P.M. Sinclair submitted his letter of resignation as the Raider head basketball coach. In his letter, Sinclair stated that, for personal reasons, he believes “it is what is best for the players, coaches, and everyone else associated with the Laurens Raider basketball program.” Sinclair also praised his assistant coaches, Andre Lytes, Josh Dawkins, and Adams Dean for their commitment to the program and expressed his confidence in their ability to carry on. According to Murray, the district has accepted Sinclair’s resignation as basketball coach. He will continue to perform his duties as a teacher at LDHS. Coach Andre Lytes is expected to finish the season as the interim head coach.