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 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 University: Alderson-Broaddus
Location: Philippi, WV
One of my friends Steve Dodd was the basketball coach at Alderson Broaddus in the late 1980s and early 1990’s. Today Steve is a high school basketball coach in Nashville, TN at Hillwood HS.
One of my former players at UNC Pembroke Mike Bentley son Patrick just signed a scholarship to play football at Alderson-Broaddus University.
Alderson-Broaddus as the name might suggest draws its history from two places. Actually two colleges. The two came together in 1932. Aerial photo of campus today is shown below.
The older of the two, Broaddus University, was founded in Winchester, Virginia in 1871 by Edward Jefferson Willis, a Baptist minister who named the new college after Rev. William Francis Ferguson Broaddus, a prominent Baptist minister at the time of the Civil War. In response to economic hard times, Broaddus University was moved across the Alleghenies to Clarksburg, West Virginia, in 1876. The college was moved again to the small town of Philippi, West Virginia in 1901.
The other institution, Alderson Academy and Junior College, was founded in Alderson, West Virginia in 1901 by Emma Alderson. As the years passed, Broaddus became a junior college, then a senior college. Financial hardship in the late 1920’s led to the decision to merge the two colleges, both of which shared a common identity as Baptist and liberal arts institutions.
One of the notable Alderson-Broaddus graduates is a great guy Ernie Nestor who is currently an Assistant Basketball Coach at the Naval Academy.