GREENVILLE, Sc. -- Following the resignation of head coach Ryan Schmidt, 22 Ft. Academy was looking for a new head coach and today they have their man. Richard Gatewood, formerly the head coach of Taylor County High School in Campbellsville, Kentucky has officially been named the next head coach at the South Carolina school.
The official quote from Gatewood himself: "Today I'll be resigning as the coach of the Taylor County Boy's Basketball team. I will be moving to South Carolina to become the new head coach at 22ft Academy. I'm very blessed to have this opportunity and excited to take this next step in my career with 22ft Academy. Mike Rawson and the Schmidt brothers have built a remarkable program over the past three years and I can't wait to build on what they have started. It's very hard for me to leave Taylor County because I work for the best administration in the state as well as coaching for the best fan base and community in the state. The kids I've had the pleasure to coach, the list is too long to name everyone, are what I will miss most about coaching at TC. I have no doubt that TC will get the right guy for the job and keep the train moving forward. We want to thank all the amazing people we've met here over the last three years. The love and support you've all given us makes it very hard to leave here. This is a great opportunity for me and my family and I always tell our guys priorities starts in this order: faith, family, education and then basketball. With that in mind, our family cannot pass up this opportunity and I truly believe this is the next step in my career that will open up endless opportunities. I just want to thank everyone who has helped me to get this far and believing in me. It has been an absolute blessing to coach for this community for three years and build this program with all your support."
A graduate of Spalding University in Louisville, Richard comes in boasting a long list of accomplishments in his short time as a high school head coach. At Taylor County, his 3 year record was 80-20 as he returned the school to one of the state’s best programs. The previous 2 seasons, he won the 5th region and advanced to the KY Sweet 16 State Tournament. Every year he was at Taylor County, he won the 20th District Championship.
Prior to coaching at Taylor County, he spent 1 year as the head coach of Louisville Moore where he attained a 23-8 record, won the 6th Region Coach of Year (via the Louisville Courier-Journal), and won the 23rd District Championship. Previously, he had stints as an assistant at Moore, Jeffersontown, Butler, and Western, all in the state of Kentucky.
Under Gatewood, 8 players have gone on to play college basketball. His most notable player was 2016 graduate Quentin Goodin, a top 100 player in the nation who is set to take the court at Xavier University in the fall.
Gatewood will made his presence felt immediately, both on and off the court as he will get some of the nation’s best talent to 22 Ft while also showing off his high level ability as a basketball coach. Coming off a fantastic season in which they handed national champion and powerhouse school Oak Hill Academy their only loss, 22 Ft. has lost a lot of talent. Don’t be surprised to see them jump right back into the thick of things under Gatewood’s watch, as he has gotten the most out of his players everywhere he has been and is a proven winner everywhere he goes.