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Dougherty to name former Harlem Globetrotter Randolph as hoops coach

Former Groves coach will lead Dougherty High pending background check

Pending a background check, Ty Randolph, a former Harlem Globetrotter, will be the next head coach of the Dougherty High boys basketball team. (Special Photo)

Pending a background check, Ty Randolph, a former Harlem Globetrotter, will be the next head coach of the Dougherty High boys basketball team. (Special Photo)

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Ty Randolph, who is set to become the next head basketball coach at Dougherty High, played for the Harlem Globetrotters for two years before playing professionally overseas. (Special Photo)

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Ty Randolph, left, coached at Groves High School near Savannah for two seasons before leaving in 2009 to work in player development in the NBA. (Special Photo)

ALBANY — Dougherty High School will recommend Ty Randolph as its varsity boys basketball coach pending a background check, The Herald learned on Friday.

“He was the consensus choice,” Dougherty assistant principal and interim athletic director Jerome Register said. “Our committee recommended him once we allowed him to interview with parents, students and faculty members.”

Register said the background check could be a lengthy process, but Randolph said he could be confirmed as head coach as early as next week.

Randolph, who was a member of the Harlem Globetrotters for two years before playing professionally overseas, declined to comment about the hiring process until it is finalized.

Randolph previously coached at Groves High School in Garden City near Savannah but left to assist NBA standout Kwame Brown in 2009 and has worked in NBA player development for the past five years. During his tenure at Groves, he guided the Rebels to a 37-19 record and two state tournament appearances. He has been out of high school coaching since.

The Herald also learned the other finalist was Cross Keys boys coach Kingston Clark, Jr.

Register said it was important for the new coach to promote academics as well as athletics.

“He has an extensive resume and is familiar with the things we are trying to do here at Dougherty and will be a good fit to get our program turned around,” Register said. “We need somebody to come in and work with our young people in academics and athletics. He seems to be the guy to do that for us at this point in time.”

Register said Randolph “talked the same language that we needed to hear to get done what we want to get done.”

“We are about academics and athletics here at Dougherty,” Register said. “Academics first, and our student-athletes come second. We need somebody to come in and fit that all together. We are turning this school around and trying to make it the best school in the county, the district and the state. That is the direction we are going in. We are hoping that this recommendation, once it’s finalized, can help us get where we want to go.”

Randolph will take over a Dougherty program that has struggled in recent memory. The Trojans finished 3-16 last season. Longtime coach and athletic director Donald Poole abruptly announced his retirement at the end of December last year.

The Trojans promoted assistant Ty Hayes, who was one of the five finalists interviewed last week, to be the interim coach.

A source confirmed that Dougherty narrowed its choices to Randolph and Clark earlier this week.

— Herald sports editor John Millikan contributed to this report.