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Athletic Director's Corner

 

The Furman Year in Review:

What an exciting year it was for Furman Athletics!

Once again Paladin student-athletes have made us overwhelmingly proud of not only what they achieve, but HOW they achieve!  Our young adults continue to be leaders in the classroom, the community, and in the Southern Conference. 

In total, our teams brought home eight SoCon Championships, scored our most-ever Director’s Cup points, and claimed seven SoCon “Coach of the Year” Awards.

Individually, Furman boasted five conference “Players of the Year”, seven conference “Freshmen of the Year,” and one tournament MVP.  Furman won the 2016-17 Germann Cup (women) and finished second in the Commissioner's Cup (men) in SoCon all-sports competitions for the second straight year, captured eight SoCon team championships, and advanced two teams to NCAA Tournament competition.

First time head coaches Jeff Hull and Brett Harker both made the adjustment look easy as Hull was named Coach of the Year and the women’s golf team finished the season ranked seventh in the country. Harker matched the all-time win total in just his first year at the helm of the baseball program. In other coaching news, the Clay Hendrix and Bob Richey eras are set to begin in 2017-18 while several others have earned new contracts or contract extensions.

Projects completed in 2016-17 include: baseball chair back seating and videoboard, Timmons Arena  sound system and lighting upgrades.  Projects on the horizon include a new basketball court, softball scoreboard, golf facility upgrades, and volleyball facelift.  The new basketball court will feature our classic Diamond F in a more prominent way, and also give a subtle nod to our secondary “Paladin Head” logo.  We hope to capture the historical significance of the Diamond F as well as recognize the fact the next generation of Furman student-athlete identifies with the Paladin Head logo.

Other personnel news includes us saying goodbye to Clint Hill, a longtime, loyal Paladin who is leaving his post as director of development after 20 years to pursue new opportunities in Charlotte.  We also say goodbye to Mike Arnold, associate AD for marketing and promotions after a stellar career with Furman in many capacities.  We wish Clint and Mike all the best in the next chapters of their lives and careers!

 

Mike