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: Mercer University
Location: Macon GA
One of the previous chancellors I worked with at UNC Pembroke was Kyle Carter and he and his wife were Mercer University graduates.
Mercer University was founded in 1833 in Penfield by Georgia Baptists. The school, under the leadership of Baptist minister and spiritual father Adiel Sherwood, was named for Jesse Mercer, a prominent Baptist leader and the first chair of the Mercer Board of Trustees. The town of Penfield located in Greene County actually was thriving in the mid-19th century due to creation of the school.
The aftermath of the Civil War caused Mercer to move to Macon, GA in 1871. Penfield was named for Joseph Penfield a Savannah merchant and silversmith who challenged the Georgia State Baptist Convention with a $2500 gift to build an educational institution in Penfield. Penfield died before Mercer was founded.
In 2013 Mercer University returned to competition in intercollegiate football in 2013, ending a 70-year hiatus for the sport at Mercer. The first intercollegiate football game played in the state was between Mercer and the University of Georgia in 1892.
I also have a former colleague Bob Hoffman from my NAIA Basketball Coaching days who recently completed his ninth season as head coach of the Mercer Bears, Bob has accumulated 179 wins at Mercer, ranking second all-time in school history. His nine year tenure has been the most successful near decade in the program’s history. On Thursday May 11 he was inducted into the Macon Sports Hall of Fame.
Photo below is of Bob and the “Voice of the Mercer Bears” Rick Cameron at his induction ceremony.
Bob became the first coach in NCAA Division I history to record a win in all four postseason tournaments (NCAA, NIT, CBI, CIT) in a four-year span following a 72-70 win over Stony Brook in the 2015 CBI opening round.