South Carolina men’s basketball coach Lamont Paris He officially made his first appointment. Carrie Richa South Carolina basketball icon, joined the Gamecocks basketball team in an off-court role as a special assistant to the head coach.
In his role with South Carolina, he will wear many hats, with a major focus on community and alumni relations, along with assisting with on-campus employment.
“Timing is everything and there is no better time to go back and participate in my alma mater, a program I have been very close to over the years and have never parted from,” Rich told TheBigSpur.com. I have a unique perspective on the inner workings and state of basketball throughout South Carolina, and great relationships across the state. Being able to formally incorporate all of these things is a dream come true. I am looking forward to help Lamont Paris Being successful by sharing my vision.”
Rich wore many hats, both in the basketball world and in society at large, before accepting the position. Rich, a former point guard and captain of the Gamecocks basketball team, joined TheBigSpur.com in July 2016 and has been a contributor ever since. He was also a contributor to 107.5 The Game, the school’s primary radio station, along with WACH Fox.
Rich was a full-time employee of the city of Columbia, and had the nickname entertainment supervisor, But he had a real heart for community service and working with inner city youth. He is the host of the Lost Letterman podcast and also runs the SC Pro-Am basketball event in the summer.
“It would have taken a very special situation for me to leave Columbia,” Rich said. “Working there has allowed me to fulfill my dream of influencing young people and helping my community. South Carolina is a special opportunity, and the only job I will ever leave the city for.”
Rich, who was a two-time captain for the Gamecocks, was named SEC Legend by the league in 2018 and was recognized in the SEC Championship that year.
After graduating from CA Johnson High School, Rich began his college career in West Carolina, but returned to his hometown after one season. After moving to South Carolina from the WCU, Rich starred in the Gamecocks from 1993 to 95. He scored 784 points in his career while making 340 assists in 79 games during his career.
Rich ranks sixth all-time in Carolina history with 4.30 assists per game, and his 5.16 assists per game during the 1994 season ranks seventh in Gamecock history for one season. As a senior, he averaged 13.4 points, and led the team in scoring. He also averaged 3.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game in his final year at the Onyx. He served as the captain of the team in the 1993-1994 and 1994-1995 seasons.