One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for October 16, 2015.
My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.
Yesterday I had to attend a meeting in Augusta, Georgia with the Presidents/Chancellors of the Peach Belt Conference. Our Chancellor at UNC Pembroke could not attend so I was asked to go and represent the university. At the meeting I got to spend some time talking about Murray Hartzler the Athletic Director at Francis Marion University in Florence, SC.
The conversation was about the difference having a leader in place for a long period of time could make. The example we spent time discussing was Murray Hartzler.
Murray Hartzler is entering his 16th year as director of athletics at Francis Marion University. In the fall of 2006, he retired from his role as head men’s soccer coach, after guiding the Patriots for 13 seasons (and his 23rd season as a head coach at the collegiate level), to concentrate fully on his role as FMU director of athletics.
As athletic director, Hartzler oversees a Francis Marion athletic program that offers 14 sports (seven for both men and women), 12 of which compete at the NCAA Division II level and two at the Division I level. Hartzler also directed the award-winning National Youth Sports Program, hosted by FMU during the summers of 1997, 1998, and 1999.
After joining the FMU staff in the spring of 1994, Hartzler compiled a 133-106-13 record as the men’s soccer coach, and is the winningest coach in the program’s 37-year history. During the 2005 season, he captured his 200th career coaching win. Of his 13 Patriot squads, six registered double figure win totals. In each of his first seven seasons at Francis Marion, Hartzler increased or equaled his season win total (3 in 1994, 7 in 1995, 10 in 1996, 13 in 1997, 15 in 1998, and 17 in 1999 and 2000).
Under his guidance, the FMU program has undertaken facility improvements in the Smith University Center, at the Griffin Athletic Complex, and on Kassab Tennis Courts. Under Murray’s guidance and direction having teams advance to the NCAA is common place.
Hartzler was the men’s soccer coach at Hiram College (Ohio) for 10 years before going to FMU. At the Division III school, he recorded an 85-62-21 mark, while guiding Hiram to four consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference titles (1989-92). His squads ranked regionally in the Great Lakes Region each of his last five seasons, and he earned conference “Coach of the Year” honors four times. He coached 37 All-Conference players during his 10 seasons at Hiram.
Altogether, he retired with a 219-167-34 men’s coaching record that covers the 23 seasons. He ended the 2006 campaign ranking 18th in total victories among all active NCAA Division II men’s soccer coaches.
A native of Clarence, N.Y., Hartzler earned a B.A. degree in communications from Goshen College (Ind.) in 1980, and received a M.A. degree in physical education, recreation, and dance from Kent State University in 1991. He also attended Hesston (Junior) College in Hesston, Kan. He played two years of soccer at both Hesston and Goshen and never lost more than three matches in any of those four years. He was captain of the Goshen team his senior year.
In 2012, Hartzler was honored by Francis Marion University by having the soccer field at the new Griffin Athletic Complex named after him.
Murray works for a dynamic president in Dr Fred Carter.
The Friend – MURRAY HARTZLER
The Friend of the Friend-FRED CARTER
Guiding a University
When Fred Carter came to Francis Marion University in 1999 it was not a universty in a good place. After 17 years of his leadership not only have things stablized they have prospered.
Since 1999, Dr. Luther Fredrick Carter has served as the president of Francis Marion University. Previously, he served as the Chief of Staff to Governor Mark Sanford (2003), the executive director of the South Carolina Budget and Control Board from 1991-1999, the senior executive assistant to South Carolina Governor Carroll Campbell from 1987-1991, and as a faculty member and the chairman of the political science department at the College of Charleston from 1981-1987.
Fred Carter has authored five books and numerous juried chapters and articles. Presently, he chairs the S.C. Institute of Medicine and Public Health Board of Directors, the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the S.C. Governor’s Commission for International Cooperation and Agreements. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Carolinas Hospital System, the S.C. Bar Association’s Commission for an Independent Judiciary, and the S.C. Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He is the recipient of the South Carolina Order of the Palmetto, and honorary degrees from the College of Charleston, Lander University and the Citadel.
Murray Hartzler and Fred Carter make a pretty good team at Francis Marion University. They have been together for awhile and it is amazing when leaders get to stay at one place for a period of time you can get results.