Thursday, July 18, 2013
Quinton Ferrell graduated from North Augusta High School in 2003. Since then, he has gone on to become an assistant coach at his alma mater, Presbyterian College, for five years and he spent a year as an assistant at The Citadel.
This year, Ferrell will start a new role at West Point, as he has joined the Army men’s basketball coaching staff.
“The head coach at West Point, Zach Spiker, knew some people who knew me,” Ferrell said. “They kind of engaged him in my name, and he reached out to me and wanted to talk to me. He asked if I was interested, and that kind of got the process started.”
Army is coming off its first winning season in 28 years, and Spiker led the Black Knights to a fourth-place finish in the Patriot League, as well as winning Patriot League Coach of the Year honors for his efforts. Bucknell won the league last year, which also includes Lafayette, Lehigh, American, Colgate, Holy Cross and Navy.
“He has the program headed in the right direction, and there’s a bright future ahead,” Ferrell said. “I’m just happy to get on board and to get on this staff. I look forward to helping them build on what they’ve already established.”
This will be the first big job for Ferrell outside of the state. Though he knows the change in scenery comes with the territory, he said he will “always be a South Carolina guy.”
“I was very fortunate, I grew up, went to high school, college and had my first two jobs here,” he said. “However, this opportunity I have is very special, and these types of opportunities are rare. When an opportunity like this knocks, you have to jump at it; with West Point being such a historical place and prestigious military academy. You’ve had U.S. presidents, you’ve had Heisman Trophy winners, and you’ve had one of the greatest college coaches of all time who say, ‘I went to West Point to graduate.’”
The coach that Ferrell referred to is Mike Krzyzewski of Duke University, who played at West Point from 1966-69 and was an assistant coach from 1975-80.
Though Ferrell played before he was the head coach at North Augusta High School, Al Young was quick to point out the intelligence that Ferrell possessed.
“He was before my time, and I know he played with one of my sons, and possibly both of them,” Young said. “Quinton was always real quiet and an intelligent kid and always loved basketball. He was big enough to play football, but his love was in basketball. He played really well, and he was a point guard at North Augusta. He was a very unselfish guy, and he played outstanding defense, and I think it shows because of the things he’s been able to do since moving on.”
Senior guard Josh Herbeck will serve as the captain of the Black Knights, but Ferrell said that the nucleus of the team is made up of sophomores. The Patriot League Freshman of the Year Kyle Wilson will lead that pack.
“Our kids are young, but they played a lot of minutes last season,” Ferrell said. “They’re really experienced, plus at the military academy we have a prep school. Most of our freshmen play at the prep school, so they have a lot of time under their belts. We’re looking forward to the year and doing some good things.”