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Athletic Director's Corner

 

Dear Paladin Faithful,

The problem, as we are learning, with hiring excellent coaches, is that others recognize that excellence and want to make it their own.  As we bid adieu to the Niko Medved era of Furman Men’s Basketball, it is undeniable that our young men and the coaching staff have us in position to attract some of the best coaching minds in the country.

Watching our team play this season has made all of us believe that the inconceivable is now conceivable.  Winning the SoCon Championship and playing in March Madness is possible, and I dare say probable based on what we have seen at Timmons Arena.

As we witnessed in Greenville, the energy and excitement of March Madness is incredible, and watching USC make a run to the Final Four helps remind us that South Carolina is the mecca of college sports right now with Clemson, Coastal Carolina and potentially USC winning key NCAA Championships.  What a great time to capitalize on the basketball energy around the state by continuing to raise the bar within our program.

Just last year, our women’s golf program lost its leader and new head coach Jeff Hull stepped right in and has our ladies in the Top 10 in the national rankings.  We expect our new basketball coach to take up right where these young men have left off.  As I write this, our Paladins are traveling to New Jersey to attempt to grab win  No. 24, a number that has never been in the Furman basketball win column before.  I have utmost faith in Bob Richey to lead this team as the interim coach and know that our kids will battle as they always do.

I want to assure the Paladin faithful that we did everything within our means to make this a tough decision for Niko and Erica, and it was handled in a first class manner by Niko.  As disappointed as I am to lose such a fine man and coach, I am excited at the thought of where this group of young men can and will take us, and who we will attract to continue the growth of our program.  If all goes according to plan, it is likely that I may be penning a similar letter in another 5-6 years after raising a few more championship banners in Timmons Arena.

As always, thank you for supporting the Paladins!

 

Mike