@francismarionu @MurrayHartzler @visitflorencesc July 20

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: Francis Marion University

Location: Florence SC

I am excite that tomorrow night a group of great friends are going to take a road trip down I-95 South from North Carolina to go out to dinner in Florence SC.


Florence SC is the home to a university called Francis Marion University which I have a number of ties to.


I wrote about two of the leaders at FMU in 2015 including my long time colleague Murray Hartzler who serves as FMU Director of Athletics and the president Dr. Fred Carter. A link to that blog post is below:


Francis Marion University was founded in 1970 and named in honor of Revolutionary War hero, General Francis Marion, who was nicknamed the Swamp Fox for using the South Carolina terrain to out-fox the British.

francis marion

For those readers with a little age on them there actually was a TV series (8 episodes) spread out over two years called Swamp Fox that ran on ABC from 1959-1961. It starred Leslie Nielsen who gained notoriety in the movie Airplane along with the Naked Gun films.



TV Show episodes

One of the reasons downtown Florence has seen a rebirth is due to Francis Marion. The FMU Performing Arts Center, is located in downtown Florence, and is a 68,000 square foot, state-of-the-art performance and educational venue. Its facilities include the 849-seat Mainstage with a fly tower, the 100-seat Experimental Theatre, the BB&T Amphitheatre and an Academic Wing for the Department of Fine Arts.


Today FMU enrollment is slightly less than 4,000 students and it is an important part of the Florence SC community.




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