UC's hoops search . . . and shift in philosophy
Welch, by the way, said athletic director Bren Stevens will return from vacation next week, when the coaching search will pick up steam. He said "lots of interested" candidates have shown interest, as one would expect.
Whispers have it that WVU Tech's Bob Williams and Concord's Kent McBride are the early leaders, with Delta State's Jim Boone also in the mix.
It will be interesting, however, to see how that shakes out. Word is Downey made just under $110,000 a year - including camp money - while at UC. Word also is, though, the school is now only willing to pay a maximum of $75,000 to the new coach.
We'll see if or how the apparent shift in philosophy affects the Golden Eagles program.
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The University of Charleston's intercollegiate athletic program is and must be an expression of the University's mission "to educate each student for a life of productive work, enlightened living, and community involvement." The values that direct the university's athletic program are rooted in the NCAA Division II phrase, "life in the balance." These are the values that define excellence for the University's intercollegiate athletic program.
Balance between excellence in behavior and success in winning. Coaches are responsible for teaching desired values as well as developing winning teams.
Balance between athletics and academics. "Student-athlete" must be an accurate descriptor rather than an unrealized ideal.
Balance between the individual and the team. The team and its success outweigh the value of individual achievements.
Balance between community support and community service. The athletic program and individual teams serve the community that follows and supports them.
Balance between student athletes and other talented students. Athletics is one of many special university programs and activities deserving of support.
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Our athletic staff will foster a culture of responsibility. Student athletes must expect to be treated as other students are treated rather than displaying a feeling of entitlement.
Our athletic staff will recruit primarily first-time students. Student athletes must be committed to the entire University of Charleston experience.
Our athletic staff will selectively use background checks to screen recruits. Student athletes must be respected members of our athletic, academic, campus, and Charleston communities.
Our athletic staff will instill in our athletes the University's expectations for student behavior both on and off the playing venue. We are part of the University's teaching team.
Our athletic staff will exhibit exemplary behavior during practices, games, and all activities in which they represent the University. We are visible and powerful role models.