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Mullins ready to make his mark at Colleton County

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Walterboro – Matt Mullins is finally on his way to fulfilling a dream he has had since he was a teenager. Mullins was recently hired as the varsity head boys basketball coach at Colleton County, the first varsity head coaching position he has held.

Mullins comes to Colleton County from Goose Creek High, where he spent the last four seasons working with head coach Blake Hall while directing the junior varsity program. Prior to Goose Creek, Mullins was the junior varsity coach at First Baptist and also assisted the varsity head coach, d

“I feel very fortunate to have been able to coach under two great coaches and I have learned so much about running a program from those two men,” Mullins said. “This is the opportunity I have been preparing for. I’ve wanted to run my own varsity program since I got into coaching but I knew I had to be patient and wait for the right opportunity. Colleton is the right place at the right time and I am excited to get started.”

Mullins has shown some interest in other openings before but never took a full jump in pursuit. He always hoped to get a shot somewhere close to his home in the Lowcountry. Colleton County presented that opportunity.

“I always wanted to run a program here in the Lowcountry where my family could come and watch,” Mullins said. “I love this area and Colleton County is a place that’s close to home.”

In terms of the program he inherits, Colleton County won 33 games in the two seasons under former coach Jacob Smith, who is now the coach at Fort Dorchester High School. The Cougars were region runner-up this past season and enjoyed playoff success in each of the last two seasons.

However, the program’s top three players have graduated and Mullins will be tasked with finding new leaders among this year’s roster. He calls it a “great opportunity for the players to step up.”

“We can’t have guys that are satisfied,” he said. “We need hungry players. We need some of those guys who were backups to the star players to really want to make their own mark. We need guys that will play with a chip on their shoulder, guys that want to prove they can be successful. If we can find guys that will buy in, we will be successful.”

Mullins says he wants to build the program on a defensive mindset, using a strong defensive mentality to create opportunities on the offensive end. He knows that playing good team defense is more effort and attitude than skill.

“We have the athletes here to be good defensively but again, they have to buy in and sell out on the defensive end of the floor,” Mullins said. “I got the job late so I have only been able to work out with about half the guys that are returners. We’re working on setting that foundation with the ones we can get out. We will have a better idea in a few months.”

 

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