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Jackets have new hoops coaches

By Robert Howey

Friday, June 1, 2018 at 2:00 am (Updated: June 1, 2:00 am)

Buford High School basketball will have two new leaders when the BHS 2018-19 hoops seasons open late next fall.

The Buford Lady Jackets will have new leadership in Susan Scott, the former Buford Middle School girls basketball coach.

The BHS boys will have a new court leader in coach Jamaal Brown.

Scott replaces T.J. Armbrust, who led the Lady Jackets for 10 seasons, but yielded his coaching duties to devote more time to his family.

Brown replaces Raheem Waller, who resigned as the BHS boys basketball coach earlier this year. Waller guided the Jackets three seasons.

“I’m very excited about our new coaches for varsity basketball,” Jackets athletics director Eric Funderburk said. “Both coaches bring a great deal of energy and enthusiasm to our varsity basketball program.

“I feel they will be a good fit for Buford basketball,” he said. “Both coaches are looking to be part of our community with upcoming practices and camps.”

Scott, who has guided the Buford Middle School girls basketball program for 14 years, is thrilled with the chance to coach on the varsity level.

“I think this is a wonderful opportunity,” she said. “It’s a blessing to coach and impact these girls and I feel they will be a blessing to me.”

Scott, a 1981 Andrew Jackson High School graduate, played prep basketball under Marti Tiller. She graduated from Newberry College in 1985 where she played volleyball and softball at NC.

Scott said the Lady Jackets open practice Monday.

She is also looking to field a junior varsity girls basketball team this season after BHS didn’t have a jayvee girls hoops team last season.

“I know a good number of these girls from middle school, either as a teacher, or coach and I look forward to working with them,” Scott said.

Brown, 34, comes to BHS from Pelion High School in Lexington where he coached the PHS girls basketball team to an 11-14 record last season.

Pelion earned a playoff berth to the Class AAA playoffs for the first time in 10 years under Brown.

“I feel there’s a lot of opportunity to grow the Buford High School basketball program,” Brown said. “We can be successful and win a lot of championships.”

Brown, in his career, has coached at West Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte where he coached the WMHS boys two years and the girls one season.

He has also coached boys basketball at Liberty High School and White Knoll High School.

Brown was a star athlete at Spartanburg High School where he played basketball four years, reaping Class AAAA all-state honors three years for the Vikings. He also played on the Class AAAA state championship team in 2002.

Brown was also a two-time all-state performer in track at SHS where he competed for four years.

He played one season of basketball at Western Kentucky University before going to Cal-State Fullerton where he played three years.

In addition to high school basketball, Brown worked as a college coach at Arkansas Baptist, serving two years with the women’s team and two years with the men’s team.

Brown’s playing career also includes The NBA developmental league with the LA D-Fenders. He also also played international basketball in Germany, Holland and the Dominican Republic.