EVERY TIME JAMAAL HAYMON WALKED INTO THE LOCKER ROOM AFTER A WIN THIS SEASON, IT WAS A NEW EXPERIENCE.
The first-year Goose Creek Memorial coach got to relish a lot of those experiences in the 2020-2021 season – to be exact there were 24 of them.
The last three were the biggest.
"Our goal was to make history and to experience new territory," Haymon, who guided GCM to its first-ever playoff win this season, said. "Winning in the first, second, and third round, it's big for our school and our community. It was a surreal experience."
Entering this year, the Patriots had only been to the playoffs twice before (2017- 18; 2014-2015) but failed to win the opening round.
So, how would they get over the proverbial hump?
"I really think it goes back to our offseason," Haymon said. "We had total buy-in. We had a lot of kids showing up every day. We pushed kids to their limits and they kept showing up."