Campbell introduces new basketball head coach
On Kevin McGeehan's first day on the job as Campbell University's new men's basketball head coach, he made it perfectly clear what his Camels' goal will be within the Big South.
McGeehan was hired by Campbell, and introduced Thursday afternooon, after being an assistant coach and associate head coach at Richmond for the last eight years.
"I look forward to the challenge of leading this team as we look to become the flagship program in the Big South Conference," McGeehan said at the podium during a press conference at the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center on Thursday.
McGeehan, an assistant under Richmond head coach Chris Mooney with the Spiders and at Air Force for a total of 10 seasons, takes over after Campbell dismissed Robbie Laing following a 13-20 overall record and a 7-9 Big South record in Laing's 10th season coaching the Camels.
"We have a very talented roster returning, a roster capable of winning the Big South," said CU director of athletics Bob Roller while introducing the new Camel coach.
Guard Darren White was the only Camel senior this past season. Nine of CU's 10 best scorers are slated to return for 2013-14.
"Kevin has been a part of building programs at all levels since the mid-90's and he is extremely well-positioned to take Campbell basketball where our alumni, student body and supporters want to go," Roller said.
"I am convinced his experience and success at the University of Richmond has prepared him to lead our program to championship results," said university president Dr. Jerry M. Wallace.
Roller said 127 candidates sent applications to Campbell.
In addition to taking the Camels to the top of their conference and making Gore Arena, "the toughest place to play in the Big South," McGeehan spoke about feelings of community and family drawing him and his family to Buies Creek. McGeehan, 39, is married and has three children.
"The sense of family and community here is exactly what I've been looking for and I can't wait to get started," he said.
In addition to the win-loss record, he expects the players in his program to, "be a face (of the university) in the community, to play hard and to be part of something the whole college community will be proud of."
Mooney made the drive from Richmond to be on hand for McGeehan's big day.
McGeehan, a 1995 graduate of Gettysburg College and a senior captain for the Bullet basketball squad, worked with Mooney at Beaver College in Pennsylvania from 1998-2000. When Mooney took an assistant's role at Air Force, McGeehan became head coach at Beaver, then was a high school head coach for two years. Upon becoming head coach at Air Force, Mooney brought McGeehan onto his staff in 2004.
With the Spiders, McGeehan was a part of four 20-plus-win seasons, including an Atlantic 10 championship and a Sweet 16 appearance in 2010-11.