One of Mecklenburg County’s most successful boys’ basketball coaches is changing schools.
Northside Christian’s Byron Dinkins, 48, is leaving to become coach at Carmel Christian, a source close to the school confirmed to the Observer Wednesday night. Dinkins was unavailable for comment.
Northside Christian girls’ coach Ashley McGuirt is also leaving for Carmel, the source confirmed.
McGuirt coached for three seasons at Northside Christian and led the Knights to three straight Metrolina Athletic Conference regular-season championships. Her teams reached two NCISAA 2A state finals and one NCISAA championship game.
Dinkins was 165-20 in six seasons at Northside. His teams won six MAC regular-season titles and six MAC conference tournament championships. Dinkins’ teams won three NCISAA 2A state championships and reached the final round for six straight seasons.
At Carmel, a southeast Charlotte private school, Dinkins will replace Joshua Coley, who coached at Carmel for two seasons, leading the team to a 23-8 record and a 14-0 mark in the Southern Piedmont Athletic Association in 2014-15. Despite winning the regular season and conference tournament, Carmel did not receive a bid to the NCISAA tournament. Coley was 38-17 in two seasons.
Dinkins will officially start his new job in June.
Carmel Christian is expected to return at least eight players from last season’s team.