CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Ed Conroy took over The Citadel
basketball program Friday, leaving an assistant coaching job at
Coastal Carolina to return to his alma mater.
Conroy replaces Pat Dennis, who stepped down last month after
going 158-232 in 14 years at the military college.
Conroy was a three-year starter for The Citadel in the
mid-1980s, playing for current athletic director Les Robinson.
Conroy also rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Corps of
Cadets, the highest rank achieved by a basketball player in the
school's modern era.
"It's an honor and privilege to come back and be the basketball
coach at my alma mater, a place that means a great deal to me and
is a big part of who I am today," Conroy said.
Conroy has been following Coastal Carolina coach Buzz Peterson
around for the last several years, serving last season as an
assistant for the Chanticleers and four years with Peterson at
Tennessee as both an assistant and director of basketball
Conroy was a head coach once before, going 41-40 in three
seasons with Francis Marion. He started his career as an assistant
at North Carolina State, where Robinson was coach.
Robinson said Conroy is not just a great match as basketball
coach, but also the right man for the uncommon requirements of a
military school like The Citadel.
"Our theme at The Citadel is that we want to graduate young men
and women who will become principled leaders in our society,"
Robinson said. "Ed Conroy is a walking example of this model. He
is what we want as an alumnus and coach and he is someone all
Citadel alumni can take pride in him as our basketball coach."