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: Barton College
Location: Wilson NC
In my early coaching career I had numerous interactions with the alumni and basketball coaches at now Barton College which is located in Wilson, NC. I have fond memories of closely contested games in Wilson Gym when I was the Head Basketball Coach at UNC Pembroke then called Pembroke State University.
When I first became familiar with the university it was known as Atlantic Christian College. I have a close friend Billy Lee who now is part of the UNC Chapel Hill Women’s Basketball Coaching staff who graduated from Atlantic Christian. I have written about Billy in a previous post in March 2015.
Barton College has an institutional and denominational history that dates back to 1893. Before Barton College, formerly known as Atlantic Christian College (ACC), Carolina Christina College existed from 1893 to 1900. Carolina Christian College, established in Ayden, served as an institution of higher learning for the Disciples of Christ denomination—a denomination that had a strong presence in the eastern parts of the Tar Heel State. In 1901, Disciples of Christ denomination leaders decided to build a larger school in Wilson and close the school in Ayden.
In 1901, Atlantic Christian College (ACC) was established. Its charter class consisted of 107 students. In 1923, ACC was turned into a four-year college. In 1990, ACC’s name was changed to Barton College, in honor of one of the Disciples of Christ denomination’s founders, Barton Warren Stone.
Today the men’s basketball coach at Barton College is Ron Lievense, who has a national title and nearly 450 college coaching victories to his credit, will begin his 30th season overall as a head coach and his 22nd in Wilson in 2017-18.
Ron has posted an impressive 398-212 record at Barton while leading the Bulldogs to six Conference Carolinas regular-season crowns, four league tournament titles and seven NCAA Tournament appearances. His 2007 team won the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Championship in dramatic style.