Suggs promoted to Head Basketball Coach at McKendree U.

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McKendree Interim Athletics Director Anthony Francis announced that men’s basketball assistant coach George Suggs will be promoted to the program’s 26th head coach. Suggs takes over after Chris Foster left become the head coach at GLVC rival Drury University.
Suggs joined the McKendree University men’s basketball staff in the summer of 2018. Since his arrival on campus the program has set new NCAA Division II era highs in overall wins and conference wins.
In his role as the top assistant, coach Suggs led the efforts in all aspects of scouting and recruiting efforts for the program. Coach Suggs has had a hand in developing numerous All-Conference performers. In 2019, he helped develop Bryson Bultman (Nashville, IL/Nashville) into the GLVC Freshman of the Year and into a first team All-Conference performer this season.
“It is a tremendous honor to be chosen to lead this program. I am grateful to Anthony Francis and President Dobbins for trusting me with this opportunity,” Coach Suggs said. “McKendree University is an incredible institution that I am thrilled to represent. I am excited about future of this program and its continued success.”
“I’m excited to announce the promotion of Coach Suggs as our next Head Men’s Basketball Coach,” Francis said. “Coach Suggs has been integral to the success of our team, leading our recruiting efforts and assisting with constructing game plans.  He has proven to be one of the hardest working coaches I know, spending much of his time focusing on the holistic approach to developing young men.  The energy he puts into working with our student-athletes is second to none.  We are all fortunate to have Coach Suggs leading this program.”
Suggs is certainly no stranger to the GLVC, where he was a four-year performer at Bellarmine University. Suggs is a member of the Knights’ 1,000-point club and was a first-team All-GLVC performer and the league’s Defensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2015-16. Over his four seasons at Bellarmine, Suggs netted 1,059 points while playing in 127 games
A native of St. Louis, Suggs starred at Vianney High School, and helped lead the Golden Griffins to a top 25 national ranking in USA Today.
Last season, the Bearcats finished the season with a record of 10-9 and earned the fourth seed in the GLVC Postseason Tournament. The Bearcats will return two All-Conference performers and over 65 percent of its scoring.

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