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Dukes named USC Salkehatchie women’s basketball coach

George Dukes has been named head women’s basketball coach for the University of South Carolina Salkehatchie.

“Coach Dukes brings years of experience molding and mentoring young women through the game of basketball. He is passionate about his role, and I look forward to seeing what he will accomplish at USC Salkehatchie,” Director of Athletics Jeremy Joye said.

 Dukes comes to USC Salkehatchie from Grovetown High School near Augusta, Georgia, where he has coached the Lady Warriors for the last three years.  He led Grovetown to Region 3-AAAAAA championships in 2020 and 2022.  Under his leadership, the Warriors had a 53 – 22 record, qualifying for the state playoffs each year he coached, including an Elite Eight appearance in 2021. Dukes was recognized as Coach of the Year by the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association in 2022 and 2020.

“I'm excited for the opportunity to coach at USC Salkehatchie. My goal is to continue to help student-athletes achieve their athletic and academic goals beyond high school,” Dukes said.  “I felt welcomed and part of the Salk family during the interview process. That made it an easy decision for me and my family. I look forward to building a program that represents the school and community with great pride.”

 Dukes coached with the Georgia Sting Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball organization for 10 years, during which he and his staff earned over 300 wins. He ran the Episcopal Day School boys and girls basketball programs from 2013-2015, winning one title and appearing in three other finals. Following his time at EDS,  Dukes was an assistant girls varsity coach at Augusta Preparatory Day School for two seasons, before becoming the head varsity boys coach the following season.

Coach Dukes is from Augusta, Georgia where he played basketball at the Academy of Richmond County. After high school, he received an associate degree from Georgia Military College and then attended Troy University, where he received a bachelor’s in computer science and a master’s in business administration and information systems. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in business administration and information systems from Walden University.  He served as the cybersecurity teacher at Grovetown High School.

Dukes is married to Yessenia Dukes. They are proud parents of Acacia Blue, Kambryn Dukes, Chloe Mays, Chauncey Dukes, Taylor Mays and Christian Dukes.