CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Citadel Athletics Director Larry Leckonby announced Maryland assistant Chuck Driesell as The Citadel's new head basketball coach at a press conference on Tuesday, April 27 at McAlister Field House. Driesell becomes the 28th head coach all-time at The Citadel.
Former Academic All-ACC shooting guard and Maryland alumnus, Driesell recently completed his fourth season on head coach Gary Williams' staff. Respected as a recruiter, he has gone head-to-head with schools from the Atlantic Coast Conference, Southeastern Conference and the Big East. He brings 20 years of successful collegiate coaching experience to The Citadel. He has posted an overall head coaching record of 152-131.
"We are excited about the future of Bulldog Basketball as we welcome Chuck Driesell and his family to The Citadel," said Leckonby. "He has an outstanding reputation of developing skilled athletes and being a top-notch recruiter. Having served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy, it is no doubt that his leadership skills will attract and produce principled leaders on and off the court."
Maryland finished the 2009-10 season with a 24-9 overall record (11-3 ACC). Driesell assisted the Terrapins to a tie for the regular-season championship in the Atlantic Coast Conference, earning a No. 2 seed in the ACC Tournament. The Terrapins followed the conference tournament with their 14th appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the past 17 seasons as a No. 4 seed, advancing to the second round.
"It is an honor and a privilege to become a part of the rich history and tradition of The Citadel and to serve this great college as the head basketball coach," Driesell said. "I am passionate about being at The Citadel and will surround myself with people who feel the same. Building a winning program that everyone can be proud of will be our number one goal. I look forward to being a part of the Charleston community and welcome the challenges ahead."
Driesell joined the Maryland staff after serving as head coach at Bishop Ireton High School from 2004 to 2006. Prior to his stint at Bishop Ireton, he was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Georgetown University in 2003-04.
Driesell spent six seasons (1997-2003) as head coach at Marymount University (Division III) in Arlington, Va., where he guided the Saints to an 88-72 mark. In 1999-2000, he led Marymount to the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament Championship and its first Division III NCAA Tournament appearance. Driesell also served as assistant athletics director at Marymount from 1999-2003.
Before arriving at Marymount, Driesell spent nine seasons as associate head coach at James Madison under his father, 'Lefty' Driesell, where he helped guide the Dukes to unprecedented success. From 1989-94, JMU either won or tied for five consecutive Colonial Athletic Association regular-season championships (the only team in the country to do so at the time). The Dukes captured the 1994 CAA Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, where James Madison lost to eventual national finalist Florida, 64-62. JMU compiled a 159-111 record (85-45 CAA) and made four postseason appearances in nine seasons under the Driesell.
As a four-year letterwinner at Maryland from 1981-85, Driesell was part of four postseason teams under his father's leadership, earning Academic All-ACC honors. The Terps won 85 games during his career, while making three NCAA Tournament appearances and capturing the 1984 ACC Championship. The Silver Spring, Md., native was also an ACC Honor Roll selection three of his four years at Maryland and graduated with a B.S. in business marketing in 1985. Following graduation, Driesell began his coaching career at the United States Naval Prep School, where he amassed a 40-29 record from 1985-88.