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Carmel Christian turns inward for basketball replacement for Byron Dinkins

Former Carmel Christian assistant coach Joe Badgett is a former Charlotte 49ers player and Reidsville High star
Former Carmel Christian assistant coach Joe Badgett is a former Charlotte 49ers player and Reidsville High star

Carmel Christian moved quickly to fill its boys basketball head coaching vacancy after Byron Dinkins left last week to take a job at UNC Charlotte.

Dinkins' lead assistant at Carmel, Joe Badgett, will now be the Cougars' head coach. Badgett, 52, coached eight seasons with Dinkins, six at Northside Christian and two at Carmel.

Dinkins, 50, will be director of player development at Charlotte. Dinkins will serve as a mentor to Charlotte’s players and a liason to Sanchez and the assistant coaches. He can break down film and scout opponents. He won’t be allowed to provide instruction at practice or recruit off campus. NCAA rules also prohibit the 49ers from recruiting Carmel Christian players for two years. That rule was put in place to prevent schools from hiring high school coaches or parents to non-coaching positions in order to gain a recruiting advantage.

Dinkins was 165-20 in six seasons at Northside Christian. His teams made the state championship game each season, winning three. At Carmel Christian, Dinkins' teams were 45-10 with two more championship appearances. Carmel Christian beat Gaston Day in the N.C. Independent Schools 2A championship last February.

Badgett said Carmel Christian -- which returns three starters and four players who played heavy minutes a year ago -- will look pretty much the same next season as it has the past two seasons.

"It'll be pretty much the same system," Badgett said. "Just with a new guy standing up."

Before joining Dinkins at Northside Christian, Badgett, 52, coached eight years at Queens Grant, including four as the head boys basketball coach. Badgett, a former three-sport star at Reidsville High, played basketball at Charlotte from 1984-87.

Former West Mecklenburg and Butler coach Donald Kirby, 43, will be Badgett's lead assistant at Carmel.

-Correspondent David Scott contributed

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