Bessemer City High Makes Athletic Director, Hires Baseball Coach

A new era has dawned for Bessemer City High athletics, and a familiar face is leading the charge.

Yellow Jacket alum Billy James was named the school’s new athletic director on Thursday. A lifelong resident of Bessemer City, he graduated from the school in 1986 after a career as a three-sport athlete in football, basketball, and baseball. During his senior football season, James was recognized as the All-Gazette Back of the Year.

He has more than 25 years of coaching experience, including his current tenure as a girls’ basketball coach in Bessemer City. In his seventh season at the helm, the Yellow Jackets are 49-91 under his watch.

Last winter, the Bessemer City basketball team claimed its first share of a league championship since 2001, when the program was run by James’ late father-in-law Calvin Albright.

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