USC Salkehatchie Women’s Basketball Coach Olivia Gaines has announced her resignation to pursue other coaching opportunities effective at the end of the season.
“My experience at Salkehatchie has been amazing. Winning the region championship for 2020-21 and qualifying for the national NJCAA tournament in my first year as a head coach was a dream come true for me,” Gaines said. “I will forever be grateful to the former Director of Athletics Jane Brewer for hiring me for my first college head coaching job in my home state. While I will miss the great relationships I formed here at Salkehatchie, it is time for me to take the next step in my career. This next opportunity will be a step up, as I will be starting my own program with Richard Bland College. I will finish out the season, and we will aim to get another ring!”
Gaines, who started her college career at a junior college before transferring to the University of South Carolina to play under Coach Dawn Staley, said that having the chance to build relationships and develop the skills necessary to prepare athletes to play at a four-year college is a goal that is near and dear to her.
“Leaving Salk is bittersweet for me as I never intended to leave my home state. I wish the next coach much success,” she said.
Coach Jeremy Joye, director of athletics, said he wishes Gaines all the best.
“This is a great opportunity for Coach Gaines. We hate to see her go, but we appreciate all she has done for the women’s basketball program at USC Salkehatchie. Her commitment to establishing a winning culture is apparent and will take her far in this profession.”
The search for the next head coach will begin soon.