FVSU Names Mark Sherrill Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Posted By: Elynor Moss on September 05, 2018 |
Hall of Fame coach brings decades of experience building championship teams and developing scholar-athletes
Fort Valley State University today announced the appointment of Mark D. Sherrill as head coach of the men’s basketball team. From a pool of almost eighty diverse candidates, Sherrill was selected by a search committee made up of staff, board members, and alumni. For the past 24 years, Sherrill has served as associate head men’s basketball coach for Charlotte, North Carolina’s Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) Golden Bulls. He has been inducted into the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Hall of Fame. During his tenure coaching the Golden Bulls, the team won CIAA Western Division championships in 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 and Southern Division championships in 2016 and 2018. The team made it to the NCAA Division II tournament “Elite Eight” in 2001. Sherrill has also served as head men’s cross country coach and director of Johnson C. Smith’s basketball camp.
“Mark Sherrill is a proven coach with high character who will energize FVSU’s winning tradition,” said Anthony Holloman, 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.”
At Johnson C. Smith, Sherrill recruited 43 All-Conference performers, 11 All-American performers, and three players who were named CIAA Players of the Year. His experience as an elite student athlete himself gives him unique insight into student academic and athletic success. Sherrill is the JCSU second all-time leading scorer with 2,552 points. He set a school record for most points in a season with 774 during the 1990-91 season and finished eighth in the nation in the 1991 rankings. He was named to the NCAA Division II All-American basketball team, the first male to do so in JCSU history. He was named CIAA Rookie of the Year and earned a first team All-South Atlantic Region selection from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
“I am excited and blessed to be selected as the new head men’s basketball coach at Fort Valley State University,” said Coach Sherrill. “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.”
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