Longtime boosters of North Augusta High School's basketball program may notice a couple of familiar faces at Presbtyerian College in the months and years ahead in the wake of a coaching shift.
Quinton Ferrell, a 2003 graduate of the high school, has been named as head coach of the men's Blue Hose team, rejoining the college where he played basketball and earned a degree in accounting. His tenure as a player in Clinton included leading the team in assists and steals during his final two seasons.
One of Ferrell's first moves this month at Presbyterian was to hire Trey Meyer, from the Yellow Jackets' class of 2004, as an assistant coach. Meyer and Ferrell were acquainted not only through their teenage years in North Augusta, but also through their most recent coaching roles, as both were in the basketball program at College of Charleston.
Ferrel said his goals include having a team with excellent "ability to get stops and ... have your defense create offense for you."
Priorities on offense, he said, are to "play an up-tempo style," with emphasis on unselfish play, picking up easy baskets (including plenty of open 3-pointers) in the transition and having good ball movement and player movement in half-court action.
Ferrell served the Jackets as a point guard, listed at 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, and was coached by Keith Arrington, who is now the head boys coach at T.L. Hanna, in Anderson County.
Ferrell's career included stops as an assistant coach at Presbyterian, The Citadel and West Point, in that order, leading to his most recent stretch in Charleston, also as an assistant coach.
Meyer mainly served the Jackets as a shooting guard and also as a point guard, listed at 5-9 and 160. He went on to play for a year at Erskine College, as a point guard, and then attended Clemson, where he was a student assistant in the men's basketball program for three years. He graduated with a degree in political science and went on to work at Tennessee State University, in Nashville, serving as a graduate assistant coach and successfully pursuing a master's degree in sports management.
The next few years brought assistant-coach positions in Miami University (Ohio) and Furman. In Charleston, he became the director of player development.
Ferrell, regarding his immediate priorities, said, "The biggest thing for me, initially, was to get in contact with all the current players on the team, and their families, because a lot of times when coaching changes occur, the players tend to transfer, so the first thing is to try to talk to all these guys and keep everybody here, and then the next thing was me hiring a staff – assistant coaches."
He said he is "looking forward to building a championship program at Presbyterian, on and off the court, and getting this school to its first-ever Division 1 NCAA Tournament appearance."
Ferrell's predecessor at Presbyterian is Dustin Kerns, who has been hired to lead the men's program at Appalachian State University. The Blue Hose, under Kerns, went 20-16 this season, reaching the quarterfinals of the College Invitational Tournament.
Presbyterian was established in 1880 and most of its athletic teams compete in the Big South Conference, with such neighbors as the University of North Carolina at Asheville, Winthrop University and Charleston Southern University.