The Bethesda Academy boy's basketball program captured their second state championship in school history on February 28th. The man behind the program is Head Coach Clevan Thompson. Thompson has been at Bethesda Academy for the past 13 years as an assistant coach (eight years), and now he completed his fifth season as the man in command. Clevan or Coach Clev as his players call him comes Florida and was an athlete at Glades Central High, which is a power in high school sports. Thompson played football, basketball, tennis and soccer at the school and then came to Savannah to play football at Savannah State, where he graduated.
As far as winning his second championship in five years he gives a lot of credit to his players, his school, and his predecessor, well known basketball coach and a sports official Mickey Minick. "Coach Minick taught me a lot. It was not just the X's and O's, but how to relate to the student-athletes, and he is a big part on how this program was developed and grown" stated Thompson. "I have the hardest working group of players. They have a strong bond and work hard on and off the court. The players now that their success comes from being involved in the classroom and what they do athletically thorough out the year." Furthermore, Thompson feels with the support Bethesda Academy's administration and faculty; the athletics program at Bethesda has flourished. Congratulations Coach Thompson and the Blazers of Bethesda Academy on bringing the South Carolina Independent Association Championship back to the SAV!