Winless Savannah State Gets New Coach

April 8, 2005

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Savannah State, coming off an 0-28 season that made it the second winless NCAA Division I team in the last half-century, hired Horace Broadnax as its new coach on Friday.

Broadnax, a former head coach at Bethune-Cookman, was currently practicing law and will begin his duties on Monday, Savannah State athletic director Tony O'Neal said.

"I am extremely humbled and grateful for the opportunity to return to coaching," Broadnax said. "The timing was right for me."

Broadnax, the point guard on Georgetown's 1984 NCAA championship team, coached at Bethune-Cookman from 1997-02, when he stepped down to pursue his law career. He was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference coach of the year in his second season, leading a team that finished 1-26 his first year to one that posted a 10-9 conference record his second.

Broadnax also coached at Valencia Community College in Orlando, Fla., for two years, posting the school's first 20-victory season in 1996-97.

He also held assistant coaching positions at Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M.

"Broadnax has a deep passion for coaching student-athletes and has demonstrated twice in his career that he can revitalize challenged basketball programs," O'Neal said.

Broadnax has been a partner at an Orlando law firm since 1998.

With a 49-44 loss to Florida A&M in their final game last season, the Tigers joined Prairie View, which went 0-28 in 1991-92, as the only Division I teams to endure a winless season since The Citadel in 1954-55.

Southern Mississippi went 0-24 in 1971-72, but that was during one of three seasons it had been stripped of Division I status because the NCAA objected to its weak schedule.



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