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: Southern Illinois University
Location: Carbondale IL
When you are a college assistant basketball coach sometimes a career move can come about because the head coach you are working at is a candidate for the head coaching position at another university. In 1985 the head coach I was working for at Western Carolina University Steve Cottrell almost left WCU to accept the position at Southern Illinois University. Eventually for a lot of reasons SIU selected Rich Herrin over Steve.
My wife and I had been at WCU five years and we thought we were getting ready to move to Illinois. The move didn’t materialize but I did a lot of research on SIU during that 1985 search and was impressed and intrigued by the university.
Southern Illinois was founded in 1869 and today it has campuses not only in Carbondale but in Springfield and Edwardsville. Illinois has 13 state universities and SIU is the 4th oldest. The Carbondale campus has over 22,000 students.
Today the Head Basketball Coach at Southern Illinois University is Barry Hinson. In college basketball it seems everything is from the small world department.
In 2008 as Director of Athletics at UNC Pembroke I hired Ben Miller a former assistant of Barry Hinson (Missouri State) to become the Head Basketball Coach at UNC Pembroke.