Head Coach: Steven Carscaddon
Hometown: Gastonia, NC
Alma Mater: Gardner-Webb University 2007
Position: Head Coach
Experience: 1st Season
Steven Carscaddon will begin his first season as the head coach of the Gaston Christian Varsity Boys’ team. “Coach C” will look to take the Eagles to new heights, incorporating spiritual growth with academic and athletic excellence. He will oversee the day to day operations of the program including implementation of his coaching philosophy throughout both the junior varsity and middle school programs. Coach C will focus on returning the game to its roots with an emphasis on hard work and defense.
Prior to joining the GCS staff, Coach C spent the 2011-2012 season as the associate head coach at Crest High School under then head coach, Jerton Evans. Coach C quickly developed a reputation for his intensity and ability to motivate and improve his players. During his time at Crest, he assisted in all areas of the program focusing on player development, defense, and offensive efficiency. He was also instrumental in the development of an off-season workout routine that exposed players to the expectations of becoming college student-athletes, while simultaneously changing the atmosphere of the program.
From 2008-2011, Carscaddon coached at various institutions including Winston-Salem State University and his first stint at Crest High School. Carscaddon assisted in all areas of the programs including the daily tasks of operating an NCAA Division I program. While at Crest, he helped guide the Chargers to the NCHSAA state playoffs. Carscaddon also worked several camps and conducted private consultations with players on an individual basis.
During the 2007-2008 season, Coach C served as an undergraduate assistant at Gardner-Webb University. Working closely with the coaching staff, he handled many responsibilities for the Runnin’ Bulldogs and assisted in the development of scouting reports. Those scouting efforts lead to victories over Division I opponents Appalachian State, UNC-Asheville, and High Point University.
Before joining the staff at Gardner-Webb, Carscaddon was an assistant coach at Bessemer City High School, under then head coach, Chris Calhoun. The team enjoyed much success, winning the NCHSAA State Sectional Championship, placing two players on the all-conference team and one player on the state all-tournament team. Those same players also signed letters of intent to continue their playing careers on the collegiate level.
Carscaddon was a varsity letter winner at North Gaston High School in Dallas, NC under Kevin Hartley. Carscaddon was recruited by the University of Tennessee among others. However, his promising senior year was cut short by a knee injury just prior to the start of the season, which forced him to watch the game from the sidelines. This eventually led him to his love of coaching.
The Gastonia, NC native went on to graduate from Gardner-Webb University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. Carscaddon is currently entering his tenth season as a basketball coach and believes that his experience will take GCS basketball to the next level.
Assistant Coach: Chris Mays
Hometown: Clover, SC
Alma Mater: Clover High School 2005
Position: Assistant Coach
Experience: 1st Season
Chris Mays will begin his first season as an assistant coach with the Gaston Christian Varsity Boys’ team. Coach Mays will assist in all areas of the program and will oversee the development of the guards. Coach Mays will also head the film exchange program and generate scouting reports.
Prior to joining the GCS staff, Coach Mays spent the 2011-2012 season as an assistant coach at Crest High School under then head coach, Jerton Evans. Coach Mays assisted with scouting opponents and worked closely with the perimeter players during practices. He also participated in an off-season workout routine that exposed players to the expectations of becoming college student-athletes.
From 2009-2011, Coach Mays worked as a scout for Crest High School, traveling the state of North Carolina and scouting opponents for the program. His scouting reports proved instrumental to the team’s success. Coach Mays also worked various clinics and assisted with private consultations with players during this time.
Before joining the staff at Crest High School, Mays served as a volunteer consultant with the varsity boys’ basketball team at Bessemer City High School. Coach Mays’ intensity and skill set paid huge dividends for the players in the program, two of which continued their playing careers collegiately.
Mays was a varsity letter winner at Clover High School in Clover, SC where he graduated with honors in 2005. Mays is currently entering his second season as an assistant coach and hopes to help take GCS basketball to the next level.