The coaching carousel took another spin on Thursday evening, as North Surry named Tyler Bentley as its new head men’s basketball coach.
The hire was announced on social media late that day, with the Greyhounds’ official Twitter account stating, “On behalf of the North Surry Greyhound family we welcome Coach Tyler Bentley as the new head men’s basketball coach! Welcome Coach we’re thrilled to have you!”
Bentley, a native of Surry County and a former player for Mount Airy High School, was most recently serving as an assistant women’s basketball coach and social studies teacher at West Stokes High School. Bentley had previously worked and coached at East Surry and at Mount Airy since graduating from college in 2012.
The hire indirectly completes a swap of coaches between the two schools. Longtime North Surry track and field coach Travis Gammons, a Stokes County native, “went home” to the Wildcats in May as the school’s new athletic director, and now Bentley departs West for North Surry.
Bentley was a player for Mount Airy High School men’s basketball team between 2004 and 2008, for teams that posted a 69-15 record in his last three seasons. As a junior, his team posted a 22-6 record and won the Northwest 1A/2A Conference title with a league mark of 15-1, advancing to the third round of the 1A state playoffs. They repeated as league champs in his senior season, going 23-3 and again making it to the third round. His coach in those seasons was Kevin Spainhour, who now serves as principal at West Stokes. In his senior season, the Granite Bears won 20 consecutive games at one point and were ranked No. 1 in the state’s 1A ranks.
He replaces Kevin King, who stepped down as the Greyhounds’ head coach on June 11 to accept a coaching position closer to his home, at West Forsyth High School.
Bentley, 28, resides in Mount Airy with his wife Megan, and one child.
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