Joshua Chiles has plenty of experience helping basketball teams turn around their fortunes.
Playing for Greenwood Christian through his 11th-grade year from 1997-2000, Chiles led the Hawks from a winless team the year before he arrived into one of the top three teams in the state by the team he left.
In his one season, as a senior, playing for Abbeville, the guard guided the Panthers to the Upper State championship game.
Chiles then moved on to play collegiately at Gardner-Webb. The team had a strong season in Chiles' first year but scuffled during his next two years. But Chiles and the Bulldogs bounced back in his final year and were five minutes away from a berth in the NCAA tournament.
Once he graduated, Chiles jumped into coaching right away and eventually found himself heading to California to take over an AAU team that rarely won a game. And at the end of his two-year stint, Chiles' team was finishing fifth at one of the biggest tournaments in the nation in Houston.
Chiles will need every bit of that experience in his new job. The Abbeville native takes over at Dixie High School this season, assuming responsibility for a team that struggled to win five games last year.
"It's been exciting because it's been a love of mine, a passion of mine," Chiles said of taking over the Hornets around a month ago. "Before anything, basketball was my first love. Being able to be back out there, coaching the kids on a regular basis, interacting with kids has just been totally powerful. It's been a release.
"Just how I used to get a release from playing basketball, it's the same way when I get out there coaching. It's exciting."
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