Friday , Apr , 08 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Savannah State names Broadnax men’s basketball coach

Savannah, GA (Sports Network) – Savannah State University named Horace
Broadnax its new men’s basketball coach on Friday.

Broadnax, who will take over his new position on April 11, inherits a team
that went 0-28 last season and became the first Division I team to go winless
in the past 50 years. The Tigers joined Prairie View, which was also 0-28 in
1991-92, as the only D-I schools to not win a game in a single season since
The Citadel accomplished the dubious feat in 1954-55.

“Coach Broadnax has a deep passion for coaching student-athletes and has
demonstrated twice in his career that he can revitalize challenged basketball
programs,” said athletic director Tony O’Neal. “We believe our students have
the athletic ability, and I am confident that Coach Broadnax can nurture the
talent and ability of our players to help them be successful in the classroom
and on the court.”

Broadnax had been the head coach at Bethune-Cookman College from 1997 to 2002
and helped turn the team into a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference power.

“I am extremely humbled and grateful for the opportunity to return to
coaching,” said Broadnax. “The timing was right for me and I am pleased that I
get to work with Mr. O’Neal again because the people are sometimes more
important than the resources available to a program. I look forward to working
hard and having fun.”

Prior to joining Bethune-Cookman, Broadnax was also the men’s basketball coach
at Valencia Community College for two years, where he recorded the school’s
first 20-win season in 1996-97. He also had stints as the video coordinator
for the men’s basketball team at the University of Florida and held assistant
basketball coaching positions at Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M University.