Will Lowther has been dismissed from his position as varsity boys basketball head coach at Beaufort High School following his arrest Monday and placed on administrative leave from his position as a physical education teacher at BHS.
Lowther was arrested by the Beaufort Police Department and charged with transferring alcohol to a minor, according to online records. The 33-year-old was booked into the Beaufort County Detention Center just after 6 p.m. Monday and released just after 9:30 that night.
Beaufort Police initially declined to give additional details regarding the arrest and charge.
Beaufort County School District spokesman Jim Foster said Lowther has been placed on administrative leave until his case is resolved in the judicial system and “is not functioning in any capacity with the district” while on leave.
The school already has named Lowther’s permanent replacement as head coach of the boys basketball program, though, elevating longtime coach, teacher, and athletics administrator Jeremy Huff.
Huff was a longtime assistant under Bruce Beasley, who coached the Eagles from 1989-2014. Beasley was only the program’s second coach since integration, but Huff will be the Eagles’ fourth coach since Beasley’s contract was not renewed following the 2013-14 season.
Lowther was named the Region 7-4A Coach of the Year after leading the Eagles to a 10-16 overall record and a Class 4A playoff appearance in his first season. Beaufort was 2-21 overall and 0-10 in region play the previous season.