Fort Mill head basketball coach Dwayne Hartsoe talks to his team during a time out during a game last season.

Fort Mill High athletic director and head boys basketball coach Dwayne Hartsoe is closing in on history.

Hartsoe, who is in his 12th season as head coach for Fort Mill, is sitting on 176 career wins for his time as head coach at the school.

The school record is 177 wins held by the late Jim Walser, who was head basketball coach at Fort Mill for a decade and was at the school for 32 years serving in different capacities including principal. During his time as head basketball coach, Walser went 177-45 during those 10 years as head basketball coach and was elected to the York County Sports Hall of Fame in May 2000. He died later that year at the age of 74.

Hartsoe is currently 176-101 overall during his time at Fort Mill and the Jackets are 7-8 this season. He is in his 31st year in coaching boys basketball in his career.

In January 2021, Hartsoe surpassed 400 wins in his career. He has coached at Lancaster and South Pointe High Schools as well and won the 1A state championship at Williston-Elko as a head coach in the 1994-95 season beating the legendary Great Falls head coach John Smith in the finals.

Fort Mill heads to Blythewood today to open Region 3-5A play. Hartsoe would have a chance to tie the record at Blythewood and break it at Rock Hill where the Jackets play Friday night in another region match-up.

Fort Mill returns home next week for region games against Spring Valley Jan. 17 and Clover Jan. 20.

Mac Banks:, @fortprep