High school: South names Blevins as boys basketball coach

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 13, 2020

By Mike London

(See Thursday’s edition for a full story on Coach Blevins.)

SALISBURY — South Rowan announced Monday that Daniel Blevins will be its new boys basketball coach. He’ll be the 10th man to lead the program.

Blevins, 38, was a biology major in his days at Western Carolina University and will teach science at South.

Blevins replaces Andre McCain, who coached the Raiders for five seasons. McCain resigned after the 2019-20 season and is now teaching at Carolina International, a charter school in Concord.

Blevins is from Ronda, near Elkin, and was an exceptional high school athlete at East Wilkes High, where he played basketball and football and ran track. He was a state-level hurdler and placed in state meets in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

Blevins was part of the corporate world for most of the years after graduating from WCU. He did some soul-searching about four years ago and made a decision to change careers. He wanted to do something where he could make more of a difference and entered the teaching/coaching ranks.

He’s most recently been coaching the boys basketball team at Hickory Ridge Middle School, where he was a technology teacher.

Blevins has actually been living in Rowan for quite a while. He was working in Concord, while his wife, Amy, was working as a labor and delivery nurse at Iredell Memorial Hospital in Statesville. Salisbury was in the middle, so they settled here.

Blevins’ wife is now a nurse with Rowan-Salisbury schools. They have three boys — Cannon (11), Carson (8) and Corbin (7) — who are students at West Rowan Elementary.