ATHENS, W.Va. – The basketball court at Concord University’s Carter Center will be named after the two men most synonymous with CU’s men’s basketball program; former coaches Steve Cox and Don Christie. A formal dedication for Christie/Cox Court will take place before Concord’s Mountain East Conference opener against Notre Dame College on Saturday, Nov. 23.
Tip off for the men’s game is set for 4 p.m. Concord’s women’s basketball team meets Notre Dame College earlier in the day with a 2 p.m. start. The court dedication will take place between the two games of the doubleheader.
In addition to the court dedication, current head coach Kent McBride invites all former men’s basketball players, cheerleaders and support staff back for the Mountain Lions’ first MEC game. A postgame reception will be held after the game and all attendees are encouraged to attend.
Over the last 35 seasons Concord has had just three men’s basketball coaches. Christie led CU to 171 wins from 1978-89 before handing the program over to Cox who proceeded to guide the Mountain Lions to 336 wins from 1990-2011.
After Cox announced his retirement, Concord hired McBride, who played under Cox from 2002-06. McBride has since carried on the success of his predecessors with back-to-back winning seasons in his first two years in charge of the program.
Christie, who passed away in April 2013, came to Concord in 1977. Along with coaching men’s basketball, he was assistant director of admissions and taught mathematics for 12 years. He concluded his professional career as Concord University’s director of athletics from 1989-1998.
His accomplishments as a basketball coach include coaching two WVIAC tournament championship teams in 1979 and 1989. He coached six All-WVIAC players at Concord including Will Johnson, Tracy Poindexter, David Darnell, Julius Lockett, Todd Lusk and Ron Ward. He was inducted into the Concord University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003.
Christie is considered to be one of the outstanding gentlemen of college athletics in WVIAC history. He is remembered as a kind and generous mentor, coach and friend by his former players, fellow coaches and students.
Cox led the Mountain Lions to three WVIAC Tournament championships (1991, 1995, 1997.)
One of the most admired and respected coaches in the WVIAC, he set Concord records for career victories, single-season wins (28 in 1990-91) and single-season WVIAC winning percentage (.842 in 1991-92, when CU went 16-3 in the league and 22-6 overall.) He won 20 or more games in a season six times.
Cox came to Concord before the 1978-79 season to be an assistant coach for Christie and was part of the Mountain Lions WVIAC championship seasons in 1979 and 1989. He became head coach in the 1989-90 season.
He coached 17 1st Team All-WVIAC players, five All-East Region players (Tyrone Anderson, Brian Atkins, Kelly Mann, Lewis Muse and Sterling Tate) and two 1st Team All-Americans (Muse and Ward.)
After competing out of the now defunct West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for 89 years Concord officially began competition in the MEC, NCAA Division II’s newest conference, in 2013-14.
The Mountain Lions return five players from last year’s team that went 16-11 overall and 12-10 in WVIAC play.
Concord began its 2013-14 season on the road Nov. 8 and 9 against Fayetteville State and Winston-Salem State and returns to the Carter Center for its home opener Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. against Bluefield State.
For more information contact CU Sports Information Director Tyler McIntosh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-384-6259.