Nibert takes top post at Spartanburg Day

Former PC head basketball coach Gregg Nibert

Former Presbyterian College head basketball coach Gregg Nibert is returning to the bench as a head coach.

Nibert, who led the Blue Hose for 28 years and is the program’s all-time winningnest coach, is to take over as head coach at Spartanburg Day School.

The school announced the hire via social media late Monday.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity of being Spartanburg Day School’s head basketball coach,” Nibert said in a release from the school. “I want to thank (Head of School) Rachel Deems and (Athletic Director) Joy Couch for offering me this tremendous position. Spartanburg Day School has a great reputation for academics and athletics, and I am looking forward to being on this great team.”

Nibert takes over a Griffins team that went 11-15 this past season under head coach Lee Sartor and lost to Dillon Christian in the second round of the SCISA Class 2A playoffs.

“We are excited to welcome Gregg Nibert to Spartanburg Day School,” Couch said. “His extensive coaching experience speaks for itself, but his known dedication to teamwork, integrity, goal setting and character development was a natural fit for our program. I feel certain that under his leadership our basketball program and Griffin Athletics overall will continue to grow and thrive.”

Nibert brings 41 years of coaching experience to Spartanburg Day School, which famously produced Duke and NBA star Zion Williamson. Nibert resigned from his position at PC after the 2016-17 season. He was 419-409 in his 28 seasons with the Blue Hose and helped usher in the program’s NCAA Division I era after spending most of his time at PC in NCAA Division II.

During his PC career, Nibert twice led the team to South Atlantic Conference championships and was named South Carolina Coach of the Year. Most recently, he’s worked as a physical education teacher and assistant football and basketball coach at Spartanburg Christian Academy.

Couch said Nibert’s reputation as a goal-oriented, highly motivated coach and leader precedes him.

“We are excited to welcome Gregg Nibert to Spartanburg Day School,” Couch said. “His extensive coaching experience speaks for itself, but his known dedication to teamwork, integrity, goal setting and character development was a natural fit for our program. I feel certain that under his leadership our basketball program and Griffin Athletics overall will continue to grow and thrive.”

Nibert earned a master of education administration from the University of South Carolina and has a bachelor of science in physical education and health from Marietta College. He is the founder of Camp of Champions, Inc., a long-running team basketball camp for junior high, JV and varsity teams. He began his coaching career in 1979 as an assistant coach for Rice University. He also coached basketball at Furman before moving on to PC.

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