CCCC restarting women's basketball program

Eric Davidson will be Lady Cougar head coach
Jun. 21, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Central Carolina Community College will restart its Lady Cougar basketball program for the 2013-14 season and CCCC named Eric Davidson its head coach on Thursday.

Davidson, an alumnus of Central Carolina and Campbell University, was a teacher, athletic director and coach, including girls basketball head coach, at Lee Christian School until retiring from the school at the end of the school year.

“I’m extremely excited to have the opportunity to coach at the junior college level and to be a part of CCCC athletics,” said Davidson. “My goal is to build a winning program while having a positive impact in the lives of our student-athletes. Right now my focus is recruiting female student-athletes who are fierce competitors and will fit our system.”

Leading a program from scratch is an exciting prospect. The season will get going in November.

"It's exciting and there's anticipation," Davidson said. "But it's a big task. We have no players and no schedule at this point, so it's a big challenge, but I like a challenge."

The Lady Cougars last fielded a team in 2011-12. CCCC is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), District 10, Division III. The team will compete in the Tarheel Conference against other member schools across North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. Home games will be played at the Sanford campus.

“I am very excited to have coach Davidson at CCCC,” said Mike Neal, director of Student Activities. “He is a product of our college, having been involved in student activities in the early 90s. He has run a successful program at Lee Christian that developed the whole student. That is how we will gauge success here as well. Wins are great, but meeting the academic needs of our student-athletes is as important, if not more so.”

Davidson said he's already getting to work on forming a squad in the next four months. Coming from the prep ranks can be an advantage in some ways, he said. At the same time, "I realize I'll have to become a better coach and I have a lot to learn," Davidson said.

"I have a tremendous amount of support from the college," Davidson said, "this (resuming women's basketball) is something Mr. Neal especially wants to see happen. This is a good time for the college to reestablish the program and I'm just flattered they felt I'm the right person at this time."

Central Carolina will release its 2013-14 schedule and roster at a later date.