Fort Valley State University has announced the appointment of Mark D. Sherrill as head men's basketball coach.
Sherrill was selected from a poll of almost 80 candidates 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 the Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) Golden Bulls in Charlotte, N.C. During his tenure coaching the Golden Bulls, the team won Central Intercollegiate Athleteic Association (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 JCSU'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."
"Coach Sherrill stood out amongst a crowd of highly talented candidates with his exceptional display of leadership, organization, and vision for the future of Fort Valley State's men's basketball team," said Dr. Krystal Conner, '99, alumnus and search committee member. "He shows not only a passion for the game, but also a passion for seeing our student athletes succeed on and off the court."
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At Johnson C. Smith, Sherrill, a member of the CIAA Hall of Fame, 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."
"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," said JCSU Director of Athletics and head men's basketball coach Stephen Joyner, Sr.. "We have won CIAA championships together and developed a generation of young men who are leaders in their professions and productive members of society."
~FVSU Athletics Communications