The ninth annual Mercer Basketball Coach Clinic, featuring Mercer head coach Bob Hoffman, University of Alabama Huntsville head coach Lennie Acuff and former professional basketball player and current Stetson head coach Corey Williams, has been set for Sunday, Oct. 1 at Hawkins Arena.
This year’s event will run from 1-6 p.m. and includes a T-shirt and clinic notebook for the price of $10. Lunch will also be provided at the event. On-court stations will be conducted by members of the Mercer men’s basketball staff before the clinic concludes with a live Mercer team practice.
Hoffman is entering his 10th season with the Bears and has 579 wins in 26 seasons as a head coach, including 179 at Mercer, a run that has been the most successful in program history. Hoffman is the only coach in NCAA history to record a win in all four postseason tournaments (NCAA, NIT, CBI and CIT) in a four-year span. He guided Mercer to a win over Duke in the 2014 NCAA Tournament and under his leadership, the Bears have accumulated 14 postseason victories.
Acuff recently completed his 20th season at UAH and has helped develop the Chargers into a formidable power. His UAH teams have racked up 397 victories and the Chargers are coming off a 26-8 mark last season, which saw them record their second Gulf South Conference title in the past three years and reach the NCAA Division II South Regional championship game for the fifth time in the past seven seasons. Acuff enters the 2017-18 campaign needing just three wins to become the Gulf South Conference’s all-time winningest coach. In 27 seasons overall as a head coach, Acuff has posted 514 career victories.
Williams begins his fifth season at Stetson and continues to rebuild the Hatter program. Three of his players eclipsed the 1,000-point in career scoring last season. Stetson finished the year strong by knocking off ASUN power Florida Gulf Coast in the regular season finale before posting a pair of ASUN Tournament wins en route to the championship game. A native of Twiggs County, Georgia, Williams attended Northeast High School in Macon. Williams is a former collegiate standout at Oklahoma State and was a second-round draft pick by the Chicago Bulls. As a rookie in the NBA, Williams was a member of the Michael Jordan-led Bulls team that claimed its third straight NBA crown.
Those interested in attending are encouraged to register by contacting Jarred Merrill at (478) 301-2509 or [email protected] or by contacting Josh Davis at (478) 301-5211 or [email protected] by Sept. 22.