DOBSON — Surry Central High School has announced Myles Wilmoth will serve as the varsity men’s basketball head coach effective March 8. Ken Eiswald resigned from the head coach position after 13 seasons.
Surry Central High School staff and administration thanked Eiswald for his years of service to the basketball program. Eiswald first came to Surry Central in 2003. He served as the head JV coach for four seasons before becoming the head varsity coach in 2007. Prior to beginning his coaching career in 2002 at Elkin, Eiswald served 20 years in the United States Navy.
In his 13 years at Surry Central, Eiswald has been much more than a teacher and a basketball coach. He has been instrumental in updating the appearance of the gym by leading multiple improvement projects. He has supported the local community in various ways, including bringing back former players to compete against current Golden Eagle teams in fundraising alumni games. Most importantly, he has simply helped his players and other student athletes become better men.
On the court, Eiswald has led his teams to state playoff appearances in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014; including an 18-win season and a berth in the Sweet 16 of the 2A State Tournament in 2012. In 2014, he was a co-winner of the Western Piedmont Conference Coach of the Year award. Three of his former players have had college playing careers, and he coached the top two scorers in Surry Central men’s basketball history.
Eiswald resigned the position citing personal reasons; however, he will continue in his teaching position at Surry Central. Throughout the years, Eiswald has had the support of his wife Rita, their daughters Ally and Amanda, and their son Kyle. In recent years, they have also welcomed a couple grandsons to their family.
Wilmoth began his teaching and coaching career at Surry Central in August 2010. He served four years as assistant varsity coach for Eiswald and five years as the athletic director. Wilmoth taught math classes, but now teaches Adobe Visual Design in the Career and Technical Program. He received a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and a minor in communications from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1989.
Wilmoth is a true Golden Eagle. He graduated from Surry Central High in 1984. His father and his children also graduated from Surry Central. Three generations of Wilmoths have received All-Conference Player recognitions: Coach Wilmoth, his father, Jim, and his children, Ethan (son) and Marlee (daughter). Because of his love for athletics and students, Wilmoth implemented the BIG SC concept, the Big SC carnival, and Future Eagle Program.
Wilmoth said, “I want to thank Coach Eiswald for being my mentor, confidant, and most importantly my friend. For the past 13 seasons, Coach Eiswald has given tremendous leadership to our men’s basketball program. I am honored to follow his example and continue the legacy of success. This is my dream job. Being the varsity men’s basketball head coach is something I have always wanted to do.”
Joining Wilmoth on the coaching staff will be Jeff Edmonds. He will serve as the assistant head coach for the varsity team. Edmonds also graduated from Surry Central in 1984 and was an all-conference basketball and baseball performer. He played baseball for University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill where he graduated in 1988 with a degree in radio, television, and motion pictures. His coaching highlights include being the head baseball coach for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1992 and an assistant basketball coach at Surry Central from 2010-2014. The remainder of the coaching staff will be named at a later date.
Celia Hodges, principal, said, “I appreciate Ken Eiswald and his leadership in our athletics department. I will miss him as a coach, but I feel fortunate that he will remain on staff.” She continued, “I cannot think of anyone who could be more passionate about Surry Central, athletics, and basketball than Myles Wilmoth. I have watched him celebrate the successes of all of our athletes and all students. We call him Mr. Surry Central. He cares about every aspect of this school.”