Ronald Hughey joined the South Carolina coaching staff in May 2007 and coached just one season with the Gamecocks. A Columbia native, Hughey spent the previous three seasons as an assistant on Tonya Mackey's staff at South Carolina State and has nine years of basketball coaching experience at various levels.
Hughey served as South Carolina State's recruiting coordinator, handled the bulk of the Bulldogs' scouting reports and was a key figure in player development from 2004 to 2007. In only three years at South Carolina State, a trio of Bulldogs earned All-Conference recognition under Hughey's guidance, as Brittany Baity was a 2007 All-League selection, Melanie Denson was a 2006 honoree and Evena Morency secured the recognition in 2005.
Prior to his time at South Carolina State, Hughey served as the assistant coach for the boys' varsity basketball team at W.J. Keenan HS in Columbia from 2001 to 2004. Keenan participated in the playoffs in each of his three years on the staff and was one of the more powerful teams in the state. At Keenan, Hughey helped develop Thurman Zimmerman and Brandon Trapp, both of whom went on to play at South Carolina State, and Alexander Harper, who went on to play at Virginia Commonwealth.
Hughey came to Keenan after spending one season as assistant boys' varsity basketball coach at Columbia's C.A. Johnson Preparatory Academy in 2000-01.
His first coaching job came at Alcorn Middle School, where he served as head boys' basketball coach from 1996 to 1998. He then got out of coaching and into the concrete business before returning to the coaching ranks at C.A. Johnson in 2000.
Born November 7, 1970, Hughey attended C.A. Johnson Preparatory Academy and was a three-year letterwinner as a forward on the basketball team. C.A. Johnson won the state championship in 1989 during his senior year. He was also a three-year letterwinner at quarterback for the football team and was a three-year letterwinner for the cross country squad as well. Immediately after graduating from high school, Hughey attended South Carolina State for three years. He went back to school to earn a degree in liberal arts from Limestone College in December of 2006.
Hughey's wife, the former Alethea Barnes, is a 1994 South Carolina graduate. The couple has two daughters, Rhonda and Sanabarabara.
The Hughey CapsuleCoaching Experience
South Carolina, assistant coach, 2007-08
South Carolina State, assistant coach, 2004-07
W.J. Keenan High School, assistant boys' varsity coach, 2001-04
C.A. Johnson Preparatory Academy, assistant boys' varsity coach, 2000-01
Alcorn Middle School, head boys' coach, 1996-98