Irmo High School Welcomes Alex Quillen as New Varsity Basketball Coach

IRMO – Irmo High School is thrilled to announce Alex Quillen as the new head coach for the varsity boys’ basketball team. Quillen, a proud Irmo alumnus, takes the reins following the retirement of long-time coach Tim Whipple.

Quillen’s ties to Irmo run deep. He played a pivotal role in the school’s 2011 and 2013 State Championship teams. Most recently, he has been serving as the head junior varsity basketball coach and an assistant coach for the varsity team.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead the Irmo High School basketball program,” Quillen said. “As an Irmo graduate, I’ve seen firsthand the incredible spirit of this community and the special legacy of our basketball program. My goal is to win at the highest level while preparing our young men for success on and off the court. I am excited to continue the tradition of excellence here at Irmo.”

Quillen’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in sports pedagogy from Gardner-Webb University. He has been with School District Five since 2020, coaching at both Irmo and Lakewood High Schools, and previously worked as a volunteer coach at Irmo from 2015 to 2017. He also served as a graduate assistant at Gardner-Webb University from 2017 to 2019.

“Irmo Athletics is proud to announce one of our own as the next head varsity boys’ basketball coach,” said Paul Calvert, Irmo High School Athletics Director. “Coach Alex Quillen has dedicated his career to reaching this milestone and will lead our program with the passion and respect it deserves, continuing the championship culture established by Coach Tim Whipple.”

Outgoing coach Tim Whipple expressed his excitement for the future under Quillen’s leadership. “Alex is an energetic, hard-working, and talented young man who has earned this opportunity,” Whipple said. “He has a great rapport with our student-athletes and is deeply committed to their development both on and off the court. Having invested forty-three years in the Irmo community, I can say with great pride that Alex is the perfect choice to carry on our tradition of excellence.”

Quillen’s appointment marks a new chapter for Irmo basketball, and the community looks forward to a bright future under his guidance.