Death: Riverside HS Basketball Coach Louie Golden of Taylors, SC dies at 81

By | November 22, 2021

Louie Golden Cause of Death – Passed Away: Former Riverside High School basketball coach and Greenville County’s first black athletic director, Louie Golden of Taylors, South Carolina, has passed away. Coach Louie Golden, also known as “Bigboy,” died on Saturday evening at the age of 81. Golden had been suffering from Lewy Body Dementia for over four years, according to reports.

Louie Golden was born in 1940 in Saint Matthews, South Carolina. He attended Riverside High School and John Ford High School. Golden went on to study at Claflin University. In 1973, Louie Golden began his career at Riverside as the school’s athletic director.

Golden coached basketball at Beck, Riverside, and Southside and led teams to 12 state championship games, winning six of them. In 2009, he announced his retirement from coaching. He was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Administration Association Hall of Fame in 2013. He coached girls and boys basketball at Southside and boys basketball at Beck and Riverside.

Tributes are flooding in for the Riverside HS Basketball Coach on social media, honoring his life’s work.

“The South Carolina Basketball Family lost a Giant last night in Hall-of-Famer Louie Golden…There can’t be a conversation held about the state’s best ever without Coach Golden being apart of it! #RIP”

“Good afternoon friends and family. As many of you have heard, my father Coach Louie Golden, passed away Saturday evening around 11 pm. He has been battling Lewy Body Dementia for over 4 years. As a family, we appreciate all of your calls, texts and messages. Continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Pop, is now in a better place, pain free.”

“It is with a heavy heart that I share the passing of my uncle, Louie Golden. We’ve shared many great memories through my childhood and adult life. He will surely be missed as his legacy throughout the community lives on. Please keep Aunt Betty, Shaun, my dad, and the rest of the family lifted in prayer.”

Louie Golden obituary and funeral arrangements will be released by his family.