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Erskine Men’s Basketball Coach Lee Sartor To Bring Positive Message To 32nd Annual HSSR Winter All-State Banquet

 

Erskine Men’s Basketball Coach Lee Sartor To Bring Positive Message To 32nd Annual HSSR Winter All-State Banquet

From Staff Reports

Columbia—Just one year removed from being a three-time HSSR SCISA Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year at Spartanburg Day, Lee Sartor stands before us today in the grand ball room of Seawells with the charge of rebuilding the men’s program at Erskine College.

No doubt, Coach Sartor is currently best known as the coach who helped develop power forward Zion Williamson into the top high school player in the nation after he coached Williamson all four years of his high school career.  After one season at Duke Williamson is raking in numerous post season National Player of the Year awards and his former coach couldn’t be prouder. Williamson is projected to be the top player chosen in the upcoming NBA draft. 

“I am looking forward to speaking to the young people being honored at the banquet on Sunday and certainly I will speak a little about my close relationship with Zion,” said Coach Sartor. “I will briefly talk about some aspects of his game that makes him special and aspects in his life that make him outstanding on and off the court. It is a big honor to have coached the best player in high school basketball, who also became the best player in college basketball, and I have no doubt he will be an all-star in the NBA and a future Hall of Famer.

“Then I will talk about my program at Erskine College where I feel blessed to be coaching and a little about what it takes to get to the next level,” said Coach Sartor who began coaching in 2003.

“When a young man comes to an open try-out on my campus, I notice how he acts off the court when he intermingles with family members, or friends who might have accompanied him,” said Coach Sartor. “If you have selfish traits off the court, in your everyday life, you are probably going to be a selfish player on the court and I don’t know many college coaches actively seeking selfish players.” 

Coach Sartor said he hopes to motivate the players at the banquet returning to basketball next season to keep playing hard and he hopes to encourage all next level players heading to college to continue to develop their love and passion for the game. “One of the first things I try to notice about a player is if they have confidence in themselves and their abilities, and if they are positive in their approach to life and the game of basketball,” said Coach Sartor. “I like for players to be social able and I like to see them interacting with teammates and others. You play the game to win but you also play the game for the fun you get out of it.”

Coach Sartor was named the head men’s basketball coach at Erskine College on April 16, 2018.  In his first year, the Flying Fleet was selected to finish last in the Conference Carolinas Pre Season Poll.  However, Erskine College finished the season 5th in the Conference with an overall record of 14-13 (only the third winning season for the Flying Fleet in the past 20 seasons).  The team averaged 77 points per game with all five starters averaging in double figures for the season. 

Coach Sartor’s Spartanburg Day School team’s won state titles in 2016, 2017, and 2018, Coach Sartor has a career record of 238 -89 with three State Championships, one state-runner-up, 8 region titles, and five final four appearances.  Sartor was named Coach of the Year 7 times (2006, 2007, 2008, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018).  Moreover, Coach Sartor coached 15 All State Players to include Zion Williamson, one of the nation’s top-rated high school player in 2018 and at Duke this past season he became the best player in college basketball.

While in high school at Spartanburg High, Coach Sartor was a three-year starter at the point guard position.  Coach Sartor led the team in scoring and assists and was the team MVP.  Coach Sartor scored over 1000 points, had over 600 assists, 200 steals, and 400 rebounds during his prep career.

Coach Sartor earned a basketball scholarship to USC-Upstate and was a four-year starter at the point guard and a four-year letterman.  Upon completing college career, Coach Sartor held the record of most assist in a game at 14, and second most assists in a season and he left as the school’s second time all-time assist leader. After college Coach Sartor had opportunities to play professionally overseas and in several Semi- Pro leagues. 

Coach Sartor holds a master’s degree in Human Resources from Webster University and a BS Degree in Criminal Justice from USC Upstate. Coach Sartor and his wife of 31 years, Olivia (SMC, Limestone College), have a son, LA (Claflin University) and a daughter, Fanchon at (Wofford College). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erskine Men’s Basketball Coach Lee sartor To Bring Positive Message To 32nd Annual HSSR Winter All-State Banquet

 

From Staff Reports

 

Columbia—Just one year removed from being a three-time HSSR SCISA Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year at Spartanburg Day, Lee Sartor stands before us today in the grand ball room of Seawells with the charge of rebuilding the men’s program at Erskine College.

 

 

 

No doubt, Coach Sartor is currently best known as the coach who helped develop power forward Zion Williamson into the top high school player in the nation after he coached Williamson all four years of his high school career.  After one season at Duke Williamson is raking in numerous post season National Player of the Year awards and his former coach couldn’t be prouder. Williamson is projected to be the top player chosen in the upcoming NBA draft. 

 

“I am looking forward to speaking to the young people being honored at the banquet on Sunday and certainly I will speak a little about my close relationship with Zion,” said Coach Sartor. “I will briefly talk about some aspects of his game that makes him special and aspects in his life that make him outstanding on and off the court. It is a big honor to have coached the best player in high school basketball, who also became the best player in college basketball, and I have no doubt he will be an all-star in the NBA and a future Hall of Famer.

 

“Then I will talk about my program at Erskine College where I feel blessed to be coaching and a little about what it takes to get to the next level,” said Coach Sartor who began coaching in 2003.

 

“When a young man comes to an open try-out on my campus, I notice how he acts off the court when he intermingles with family members, or friends who might have accompanied him,” said Coach Sartor. “If you have selfish traits off the court, in your everyday life, you are probably going to be a selfish player on the court and I don’t know many college coaches actively seeking selfish players.” 

 

Coach Sartor said he hopes to motivate the players at the banquet returning to basketball next season to keep playing hard and he hopes to encourage all next level players heading to college to continue to develop their love and passion for the game. “One of the first things I try to notice about a player is if they have confidence in themselves and their abilities, and if they are positive in their approach to life and the game of basketball,” said Coach Sartor. “I like for players to be social able and I like to see them interacting with teammates and others. You play the game to win but you also play the game for the fun you get out of it.”

 

Coach Sartor was named the head men’s basketball coach at Erskine College on April 16, 2018.  In his first year, the Flying Fleet was selected to finish last in the Conference Carolinas Pre Season Poll.  However, Erskine College finished the season 5th in the Conference with an overall record of 14-13 (only the third winning season for the Flying Fleet in the past 20 seasons).  The team averaged 77 points per game with all five starters averaging in double figures for the season. 

 

 

 

Coach Sartor’s Spartanburg Day School team’s won state titles in 2016, 2017, and 2018, Coach Sartor has a career record of 238 -89 with three State Championships, one state-runner-up, 8 region titles, and five final four appearances.  Sartor was named Coach of the Year 7 times (2006, 2007, 2008, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018).  Moreover, Coach Sartor coached 15 All State Players to include Zion Williamson, one of the nation’s top-rated high school player in 2018 and at Duke this past season he became the best player in college basketball.

 

 

 

While in high school at Spartanburg High, Coach Sartor was a three-year starter at the point guard position.  Coach Sartor led the team in scoring and assists and was the team MVP.  Coach Sartor scored over 1000 points, had over 600 assists, 200 steals, and 400 rebounds during his prep career.

 

 

 

Coach Sartor earned a basketball scholarship to USC-Upstate and was a four-year starter at the point guard and a four-year letterman.  Upon completing college career, Coach Sartor held the record of most assist in a game at 14, and second most assists in a season and he left as the school’s second time all-time assist leader. After college Coach Sartor had opportunities to play professionally overseas and in several Semi- Pro leagues. 

 

 

 

Coach Sartor holds a master’s degree in Human Resources from Webster University and a BS Degree in Criminal Justice from USC Upstate. Coach Sartor and his wife of 31 years, Olivia (SMC, Limestone College), have a son, LA (Claflin University) and a daughter, Fanchon at (Wofford College). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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