Young Harris College men’s basketball head coach Jeremy Currier announced the addition of Earl Lawrence as an assistant coach for the Mountain Lions.
“For our program to add a young, established coach to our staff was an opportunity we were excited to have,” said Currier. “Earl has had success both as a player and coach at the Division II level, and someone that comes highly recommended from two terrific coaches in Coach Lamarr and Coach Galyean. I have been impressed by the work he has done and the relationships he’s created. Earl is a guy who everyone has respect for because of his work ethic and his players-first approach. He will be a great addition.”
“With the staff we have assembled and the people who are a part of our program, I’m really excited to get started with this group.” added Currier. “I like my team.”
Lawrence comes to the Enchanted Valley from Central Baptist College in Conway, Arkansas. While at Central Baptist, the Mustangs posted their best winning percentage ever at .710, finishing with a 22-9 record overall and a co-American Midwest Conference regular-season championship in addition to their third straight selection to the NAIA National Tournament.
During the 2019-2020 season, the Mustangs set a new mark for home wins in a season, defending Reddin Fieldhouse by going 15-1 at home. Central Baptist had four players – Tyrone Alston, Darius Williams, Darius Polley and Tedrick Wolfe – earn All-AMC honors and Alston and Williams earned NAIA All-America honors marking the first time CBC has ever had two All-Americans in the same season. CBC earned a No. 7 seed in the NAIA National Tournament against William Penn University, but the tournament was canceled by the CoVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to Central Baptist, Lawrence spent one season as an assistant coach at his alma mater Clark Atlanta University in 2016-17 under head coach Tony Lamarr. During his tenure at CAU, the Panthers qualified for the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament.
Lawrence also coached two seasons of AAU basketball for the Georgia Stars, a Nike Elite Youth Basketball League team from 2017-19.
Lawrence, a native of Charleston, South Carolina, played four years of collegiate basketball. He played two years in the NAIA at Middle Georgia State College and two years at the NCAA Division II level at Clark Atlanta. After finishing his college career, he played professional basketball in Mexico.
He graduated from Clark Atlanta in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with plans to pursue a master’s degree in the future. He resides in Atlanta with his son, Eli.
Story Courtesy: Michael MacEachern
Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Communications