An assistant for the past three years, Myron Lowery takes over the Fort Mill basketball program. Photo courtesy of FM Athletic Department.

When Fort Mill High School Athletic Director Dwayne Hartsoe was looking to hire his replacement as boys’ basketball coach, he didn’t have to look far.

For the past three season, Myron Lowery has been Hartsoe’s top assistant coach at Fort Mill and been a part of back-to-back Region titles during that time. Now Lowery will be looking to continue that success as new head basketball coach. Lowery was officially named on May 22 the new basketball coach at Fort Mill.

“I am very excited,” Lowery said. “Fort Mill is a great place to be. Coach Hartsoe has done such an outstanding job over the last 12 years, and being with him for the last three years has been a treat being able to work with him. It makes it an easy transition with me and the players. I am excited to get started.”

Lowery came to the school after retiring from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools where he taught and coached for 30 years. He has been a head coach for 23 years in Charlotte and was the head coach at three different high schools in the Queen City.

Lowery was head coach at Harding University for seven seasons, Providence High for 10 seasons and Butler High for six seasons. He has 349 career wins as a head coach and is the winningest coach at both Butler and Providence High history. He has also been an assistant coach at both Sun Valley and Olympic High schools as well.

Despite working in Charlotte, Lowery has lived in Fort Mill for nearly 20 years. Him joining the staff at Fort Mill was a natural fit after he retired from North Carolina. He is a High School 101 teacher at Fort Mill High helping transition freshmen from middle school to high school.

Lowery describes himself as a basketball junkie and said he loves the game, so even after he retired from North Carolina, he wanted to stay involved in the sport.

“My kids went to Fort Mill High and I have known Coach Hartsoe for quite some time,” he said. “When I retired, I reached out to him and he had a spot open, so it just worked perfectly.”

Lowery said that the Fort Mill basketball program is in a good place.

“I am going to take the experiences I have had with them and the experience I have had over the last 30 years,” he said. “I will put my spin to it, but like I tell Coach Hartsoe, its not broken so I don’t need to fix a whole lot of things. I just hope to continue the great expectations for Fort Mill basketball.”

Mac Banks:, @fortprep