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Armond Flood is succeeding Tommy Spires as boys basketball coach at Laurens District High School.

Spires, athletics director and interim replacement when Joshua Chavis stepped down last summer, coached the Raiders in an interim capacity, according to the District 55 release.

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Armond Flood

Flood is a retired Navy Senior Chief with 22 years’ experience and also fills the NJROTC (Navy junior ROTC) position at the high school, a position that is being vacated by Senior Chief John Davis.

Flood comes to Laurens from Mauldin High School, where he has served as the naval science instructor for the five years, as well as serving as the assistant basketball coach. During his time at Mauldin, he was an integral part of the success of 2 region championships, 23 wins in 2019-20, and an Upstate championship appearance in 2022.

Flood released this statement:

Dreams do come true. I have every expectation that the Laurens Raiders basketball program will grow with excitement and expand [in] the community. … My goal is to create a program that the community will take pride in. The way people view this program is bound to change, and it starts with me setting the tone and holding everyone within our program accountable. … The goal is to create strong young men who are ready for life after high school. My mentor once told me that if you spend enough time helping those you lead, coach, and mentor [to] get the things they want out of life, you’ll never have to worry about getting them to do what you want them to do. They won’t let you fail.

I would like to thank God for blessing me with the opportunity to coach and oversee the boys basketball program of Laurens. ... Next, I want to thank my wife, kids, parents and family for the selfless support over the years coaching the game I love.”

To my Mauldin family, Coach Adam McClain, other coaches, players and support staff, thank you for believing and trusting me over the last five years. Teamwork makes the dream work. One team, 1 fight.”

Flood officially begins basketball workouts June 1 and can be reached at apflood@laurens55.org for more information.