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Gordon State College names Darryl C.A. Stinson as the new head basketball coach effective June 1, 2022.

Stinson holds a Bachelor of Business in accounting from Tiffin University in 2011 and earned his Master of Science in transformative leadership from Bethune Cookman University in 2013. He joins GSC with 11 years of coaching experience from various institutions including Bethune Cookman University, Claflin University, Paine College, Lynn University and Boynton Beach Community High School.

“I want to first thank Dr. Nooks, Dr. Moore, and the search committee for giving me this great opportunity to lead Gordon State College Men’s Basketball Program. I am super excited to get started and look forward building relationships on campus as well as in the Barnesville community and the surrounding areas,” Stinson said. “I plan to bring a fast-paced and exciting style of basketball that Highlander Nation will enjoy, but also bring in student-athletes that understand the meaning of being a student first and athlete second.”

As a head coach at Paine College, Stinson led his team to defeat Benedict College in 2018 that ranked No. 23 in the country. In 2019, Stinson led his team to victory against the No. 20 ranked in the country Morehouse College in the SIAC Tournament to advance to the semi-finals. He won the Team Academic Award two out of the three years as head coach at Paine College. Stinson also coached All-Conference Player Cameron Gaines who was top 10 in the country for blocked shots.

During Stinson’s time as assistant head coach at Lynn University, he recruited Jordan Allen who was a D1 transfer and won the NCAA Division II 3-Pointers Made Per Game Award. Allen currently plays in the NBA G-League. Stinson also coached Christian Peevy who made 2nd Team All-Conference.

“GSC Athletics is excited to bring Coach Stinson on board to lead our Men’s Basketball program. His holistic approach to player development will bring new energy to the team environment,” said GSC Director of Career Services and Athletics, Dr. Tonya Y. Moore. “We are posed to experience a successful season in our conference with the introduction of our new staff. I am confident our Highlanders will continue to move forward!”

Founded in 1852, GSC is a member of the University System of Georgia. The college has a distinctive legacy of excellent scholarship and service. GSC offers 11 four-year degrees and 16 associate-level degrees, which includes multiple baccalaureate pathways for students. With an enrollment of over 3,000 students, GSC offers an intimate academic setting in state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories. In this setting, students receive individualized attention that only a small college with dedicated faculty and staff can provide.