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: Coastal Carolina University
Location: Conway SC
This past Labor Day weekend I got to spend a couple of days at Myrtle Beach. I saw lots of Coastal Carolina bumper stickers and t-shirts. Coastal Carolina is located very close to Myrtle Beach SC in Conway.
While I was the Director of Athletics at UNC Pembroke I relied on a former Coastal Carolina leader named Buddy Sasser to help us launch football at UNCP in 2007. Coastal had launched football in 2003 and Buddy was the architect. I wrote about Buddy back in 2015. Post is below:
By most historical standards Coastal Carolina is a relatively a new university. It was founded in 1954 as an extension of College of Charleston (CofC).
In 1958 CofC decided to discontinue that relationship. Coastal Carolina Junior College became an independent school and voters in Horry County (SC) approved a referendum that raised taxes by three mills to provide funding for the college.
The next year the South Carolina General Assembly created the Horry County Higher Education Commission, a government regulatory agency to oversee use of Coastal Carolina’s county tax money. The college’s first five graduates are awarded associate’s degrees on May 27, 1959.
I found a great YouTube video on CCU website that has some great insight into the first 60 years of CCU existence (1954-2014).
Today the University has over 10,000 students and participates in NCAA Division I Athletics.