Meanwhile, I wanted to call your attention to something different here:
Young Harris College, located in the mountains of north Georgia, hired itself a very good basketball coach on Tuesday.
Pete Herrmann, who did a classy job while filling in as interim head coach at UGA for the final 12 games of last season, was hired by Young Harris to revive its men’s basketball program, which was discontinued 40 years ago.
Herrmann begins his new job immediately, and his new team — the Mountain Lions — will begin play in the 2010-11 season.
As you might imagine, Herrmann, who kept his sense of humor even during Georgia’s bleak 2008-09 season, got a chuckle out of becoming Young Harris’ first men’s hoops coach in four decades.
“I was just starting my career in basketball when Young Harris was ending basketball,” Herrmann said in a news release. ”Hopefully, I’ve learned enough over that 40-year span that will help us build something special again at Young Harris College.”
He also said: “It’s going to be exciting to go into homes when I’m recruiting and tell student-athletes and their parents, ‘You’re going to build this with me.’”
Herrmann has coached for 39 years, the past 29 on the NCAA Division I level. His college career includes stints as head coach at Navy and assistant coach at Kansas State, Virginia, Western Kentucky and Georgia. He was associate head coach under Dennis Felton at UGA before taking over as interim head coach when Felton was fired.
Herrmann’s claim to fame is coaching David Robinson at Navy. But in Athens, he is known and respected for the professionalism and passion with which he handled an almost impossible situation earlier this year.