|JCSU's Mark Sherrill named head basketball coach at Fort Valley State|
|Longtime assistant moves to SIAC program|
|Published Wednesday, September 5, 2018 12:54 am|
|PHOTO | FORT VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY|
|Former Johnson C. Smith basketball assistant coach Mark Sherrill addresses players and alumni at his new school, Fort Valley State. Sherrill, a JCSU graduate, was a Golden Bulls assistant for 24 years.|
Mark Sherrill is leaving Johnson C. Smith for his first college head-coaching job.
Sherrill, a Golden Bulls assistant for 24 years, has been named coach at Fort Valley State in Georgia, topping a field of almost 80 candidates. The Wildcats, who play in the Division II SIAC, went 13-16 last year.
“I am excited and blessed to be selected as the new head men's basketball coach at Fort Valley State University,” Sherrill said in a statement. “I am aware of the university's rich tradition and the Wildcat Pride that is exemplified by students and generations of alumni. I look forward to representing FVSU and collaborating with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and supporters to uphold the legacy while promoting winning ways on and off the basketball court.”
Sherrill, a JCSU graduate and CIAA Hall of Fame inductee, helped the Golden Bulls to eight division titles, three tournament championships and the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in 2001. He recruited 43 all-conference players, 11 All-Americans, and three players CIAA players of the year. Sherrill also directed JCSU’s basketball camp.
“It has been my pleasure to be a part of Mark's growth and development during his 24 years as my assistant men's basketball coach,” JCSU head me coach Steve Joyner said. “We have won CIAA championships together and developed a generation of young men who are leaders in their professions and productive members of society.”
Sherrill, a Division II All-America during his playing days, is JCSU’s second all-time leading scorer with 2,552 points and set the single-season scoring record with 774 points in 1990-91, which was eighth in the country. He was named CIAA Rookie of the Year and earned first team All-South Atlantic Region from the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
“Mark Sherrill is a proven coach with high character who will energize FVSU's winning tradition,” said Anthony Holloman, Fort Valley State’s vice president of advancement and interim athletic director. “We are confident that he will make an immediate impact using his unique perspective as a winning coach and a standout student athlete to recruit top talent, instill winning practices, and develop the athletic and academic skills of his players.”
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