Lower Richland girls basketball coach Debbie Stroman is one of four coaches being honored by the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association (SCBCA) with induction into its Hall of Fame for 2015.
Stroman is a seven-time state championship coach, winning titles in 1994, 1997, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012.
Joining Stroman in the class are West Ashley boys coach Ronnie Dupre, former Union High and current Richard Winn boys coach Joe Pitt and the late Mike Lindsey of Berea.
The ceremony will take place Friday, March 20 in conjunction with the SCBCA banquet at Seawells in Columbia at 8 p.m.
Ronnie Dupre spent over 30 year coaching at James Island & West Ashley High Schools. His teams have won over 500 games and he led James Island to the State Championship Games in 1991&1992 where he faced his old friend Tim Whipple and the Irmo Yellowjackets. James Island lost by 1 in 1991, then won by 1 in 1992. His teams have advanced to the Lower State Finals on 4 different occasions. Coach Dupre has been named Region Coach of the Year 8 times, and was selected Post and Courier Boy’s Low Country Coach of the Year 2 times. He has served as the North-South All Star Game assistant coach in 2006 & then named Head coach for the North-South Game in 2008. In 2011, he was selected as Head Coach of the South Carolina All Star Team in the Carolinas Classic Game versus the North Carolina All Stars.
Coach Dupre has also served as the tennis coach during his stops at James Island & West Ashley. Ronnie is married to Karen Brown Dupre, and has 1 son Drew, & 1 daughter Tori.
Debbie Stroman has built a dynasty over 23 years at her Alma Mater Lower Richland! Her teams, the Lady Diamond Hornets have won 7 state titles (94,97, 2006, 07, 08, 09,13) plus 3 perfect undefeated seasons. Her record is an impressive 466-117 and she has won 10 region titles, and 10 appearances in either upper or lower state finals. Coach Stroman has served as the assistant coach for the North-South All Star Game in 1998, and the Head coach in 2004. In 2010, she was selected to coach the SC All Stars in the Carolinas Classic vs our North Carolina counterparts.
Coach Stroman has been selected region coach of the year 10 times, The State Newspaper AAA or AAAA Coach of the year on 7 different occasions. She also was Richland School District 1 Coach of the Year in 2006, 2007, 2008, 20019, & 2013. She has also been recognized for her outstanding work in the community by the Youth Ministry of St. Johns Church, District 7 basketball Officials, awarded the Columbia College Will Lou Gray Outstanding Educator Award in 2010, and received the Key to the City by Columbia City Council on “Debbie Stroman Day”. She has also been active in the SC basketball Coaches Association & served as Board Member in 2001, 2002, & 2003, plus serving as a region representative on numerous occasions.
Joe Pitt coached at Ware Shoals HS for 11 years, but is most known for his success at Union High School. The legendary coach won over 536 games, led his teams to 2 Upper State Championships, and Eight Upper State (Final Four) appearances. Coach Pitt has won 13 region titles & been Pitt advanced to the AAA State Championship game in 2000 and 2001. Coach Pitt was named Region Coach of the Year 8 times.
He has been a member of the SC Basketball Coaches Association for over 40 years, and served as the Single A- Upper State Board member while at Ware Shoals HS, and a region representative while at Union HS. Coach Pitt was selected as an assistant coach for the North-South All Star game in 1986, and served as the Head Coach for the North Team in 1992. He was chosen Head Coach for the South Carolina Team in Carolinas Classic All Star Game in 2002.
He currently serves as the Athletic Director and Head Boys basketball coach at Richard Winn Academy in Winnsboro, SC. Coach Pitt’s family consists of his wife Linda, his sons Andy& Tyler, and his daughter Ruth Ann. He has 1 grandchild, Lauren.
Mike Lindsey coached served as Girls Basketball at Berea High School (Greenville) from1979-2009 while teaching at Berea Middle School.His teams won 320 games, several region championships, advanced to the state play-offs 10 times. His teams appeared in 3 Upper state finals during his tenure, and selected region coach of the year on numerous occasions. He was also selected Greenville County Coach of the Year 1988, 1999, & 2000. Coach Lindsay served as assistant Girl’s Coach for the North-South All Star game 1995, and selected Head Coach of the North-South Game in 2001. In 2007, he was selected to coach the SC Squad in the Carolinas Classic All Star Game vs. the NC All Star team. Coach Lindsey was chosen as the Educator of the Year by the Berea Lions Club in 2005, recognized by the SC House of Representatives in 1988 for his contributions to the students in the Berea community. Berea Middle School Gym and Athletic facilities are named in his memory. Coach Lindsey’s family consists of his wife, Martha, and his 2 sons Matthew & Andrew, and 4 grandchildren-Conner, Tessa, Charleigh, & Jacob. Accepting this Hall of Fame award for Mike is Martha Lindsey.