My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.
The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.
In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.
I actually have a summary list of each of beer I drank in 2014. That “Beer of the Day” list can be found at link below:
I have a summary list on my 2015 “A Friend of a Friend” posts.
I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.
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Name of Institution: Charleston Southern University
Location: Charleston, SC
In 1965 then Baptist College opened its doors to students for the first time. In 1965 during its first year of existence students had the opportunity to stay in what was then the St. John Hotel now the Mills House in downtown Charleston, SC.
By September 1966, buildings on the campus were ready, and the university’s second year began amid construction, landscaping and the physical development of the campus. By the third year, a 60-member faculty was in place, and majors were offered in 17 academic areas. In 1969 the founding class graduated, and by 1971 the school gained accreditation.
In 1990 Baptist College changed its name to Charleston Southern University.
I personally got to know the second men’s basketball coach at then Baptist College (1967-1971)-Mel Gibson. He never had a losing season at Baptist. He is shown below on the right with my former UNC Pembroke Assistant Coach John Haskins who played for Mel at UNC Wilmington.
Mel played basketball at Western Carolina University and then went on to coach at UNC Wilmington for 14 years from 1972-1986 after he left Baptist (now Charleston Southern).
One of the longest tenure for any college president exists at Charleston Southern. In the 52 year history of the university they have only had two presidents. The first was Dr. John A. Hamrick who served from 1964-1984. The second president who has served Charleston Southern for 33 years in Dr. Jairy Hunter. Thirty-three years as a university president is way beyond the norm. That takes good leadership.
Currently the Men’s Basketball Coach at Charleston Southern is Barclay Radebaugh who is the school’s all-time winning coach in his 12th season.
Barclay’s journey as a coach is one that included a lot of faith and persistence. Barclay had 10 different coaching positions in 15 years before he got to CSU including stints at Wofford (1989-1990), Furman University (1990-1994), University of South Carolina (1994-2001), Winthrop University (2001-2003), Queens University of Charlotte (2003-2004) and the University of Miami (2004-2005).
He also had a period in his life where he was in college athletics but not coaching-he stayed the course. One of the good guys in the college coaching profession.