DHS names a new girls’ basketball coach
By Bobby Bryant, Editor
Darlington High School didn’t need to look far to find the new coach for its girls’ varsity basketball team. Shaniqua Bennett, a student support facilitator at DHS, had been the school’s junior varsity girls’ basketball coach since 2016, the school district said. She will replace Bradley Knox, who is now coach of the DHS varsity boys’ team. “I am a Lady Falcon at heart,” Bennett, a former DHS student, said at a news conference last week. “I’m very excited to do the things that I did for the JV girls that will trickle on down to our varsity girls,” she said. “I just look forward … to teaching them perseverance, teamwork, team effort and sportsmanship, and just showing those girls how to win.” “The Falcon family is really excited” by Bennett’s selection, said DHS Principal Cortney Gehrke. “Coach Bennett has been with us for many years, and she was also a former Falcon athlete, so we are excited to turn the girls over to her very capable hands.” DHS athletics director Michael Jordan said, “I’m expecting her to take what she’s given our JV girls and to let it roll over to the varsity girls.” Bennett also played basketball for Voorhees College, and later graduated from Voorhees with a bachelor’s degree in health and recreation.