Fletcher named Head Basketball Coach at Southwestern CC (IA)

Darryl Fletcher, a native of Georgia, was announced late last week as head men’s basketball coach for Southwestern Community College.

Fletcher has experience in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC), having served as an assistant men’s basketball coach for Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville from 2020 to 2022. During his time at Iowa Lakes, the team was crowned ICCAC tournament champions, finishing third at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.

Fletcher has a history of strong player recruitment. At Iowa Lakes, he recruited two all-conference players and the most valuable player of the conference tournament. Most recently, he was assistant men’s basketball coach and fitness center coordinator at North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) in Wahpeton, North Dakota.

As the lead assistant for the NDSCS Wildcats, Fletcher recruited one all conference player, the tournament MVP, and the team had one NJCAA All-American. This team, with a final record of 31-2, finished as one of the top defensive teams in the country.

Prior to NDSCS, Fletcher was at Moberly Area Community College in Moberly, Missouri, where he helped the Hounds to a 30-4 record and a Region 16 Championship, as well as a district championship and a national tournament appearance. At Moberly, he helped coach and recruit four Division 1 signees and another NJCAA All-American.

Paul Purvis, Southwestern athletic director, said the college is anxious to see Fletcher’s impact with the Spartans.

“Darryl came highly recommended by the conference,” stated Purvis. “Already in the days since his selection, he has hit the ground running to begin recruitment and establish the plan for 2024-25. We are confident the men’s basketball program is in very capable hands.”

Fletcher expressed gratitude to the Southwestern athletics department for giving him the opportunity to lead the Spartan basketball program and said he is excited to return to “one of the best conferences in JUCO basketball.”

Fletcher prides himself in the ability to identify talent and develop players to the fullest potential.

“Spartan Nation, I can’t tell you how excited I am to be here,” said Fletcher. “I look forward to being on campus and around the community to meet everyone. Know that my staff and I will work diligently to recruit and retain hardworking student-athletes who will represent you well, on- and off-the-court, and consistently compete for championships.”

Fletcher holds a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Shorter University in Rome, Georgia.


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