Cleveland Community College names new basketball coaches

Cleveland Community College President Jason Hurst bragged on Monday the success of the school’s growing sports programs was starting to attract a lot of attention.

When the school opened up applications for new head coaches for men’s and women’s basketball, as well as women’s volleyball, Hurst said the college received resumes from dozens of coaches, some with Division I experience.

In the end, the college chose to stay local, naming established coaches from three Cleveland County high school programs as new head coaches for the college.

“These guys are invested. They are local. They know the community, and they have a following. They have recruited, and we feel they have shown success with their local programs and that carries a lot of weight,” said Hurst.

Work is already underway to prepare the college for the new programs. Crews began working in June to tear out the college’s old gymnasium and replace it with one able to properly support college athletics.

Meet the coaches

Grayson Pierce

After an 11-year stint at the helm of Kings Mountain High School’s men’s basketball program, Grayson Pierce has joined Cleveland Community College as its first men’s basketball coach.

“To be able to be the first ever men’s basketball coach at this college is a great opportunity. I’m humbled to be able to do it,” he said.

A native of Shelby and a graduate of Crest High School, Pierce has been coaching high school ball for the last 14 years. He started as the assistant varsity coach at Crest, then became head coach of Kings Mountain’s junior varsity squad for two years. He was promoted to the head coaching position in 2011.

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