Tim Whipple (Image: Irmo High School)
Irmo, SC (WLTX) - Irmo's Basketball Coach Tim Whipple has been named the 2013 South Carolina Boys Basketball Coach of the Year.
The honor was awarded by the National Federation of State High School Associations Coaches Association.
The group said that they gave Whipple the award for his "contributions to high school athletics and contributions to the youth of this country.
Whipple has been the Yellow Jackets' coach for 33 years, leading them to a 624-249 record and five state championships.
"Certainly it's an honor to be recognized," Whipple said in a statement. "In terms of team awards and things we've accomplished as a team here, our state championships definitely rank high ...but in terms of an individual award, we are definitely humbled and honored by the federation's recognition. I think it points to the quality of players that we've had an opportunity to coach over the years and to the quality of Irmo High School."