USC Upstate alumnus publishes book on prep football history

July 31, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Taking his insight from a decade of covering high school sports for the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, University of South Carolina Upstate alumnus Jason Gilmer has written “Where Champions Play: Spartanburg County Prep Football,” a book that describes the players and coaches who’ve made winning synonymous with Spartanburg.

The official release of the book will be held Thursday, August 29, from 5-7 p.m., at the Spartanburg County Public Libraries on South Church Street. It will be the first opportunity to hear Gilmer share his thoughts about the highlights compiled for the book and to get a signed copy of the book, published by Hub City Press. This event is free and open to the public.

Since 1950, Spartanburg County’s nine public high schools have won more state championship than any other county in South Carolina. “Where Champions Play” revisits the epic games, the gifted players, and the remarkable coaches who played a part in this decades-long sporting drama of  the County’s rise to becoming a powerhouse in high school football.

Gilmer, who graduated with a degree in communications in 1999, is now a freelancer having worked for The Charlotte Observer,, the ACC Sports Journal, and other smaller publications. He also runs the Palmetto Football Talk blog at

Gilmer will also sign books at the Hub City Bookshop in downtown Spartanburg on Saturday, Aug. 31, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.