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Bulldogs Fall to Air Force, 97-93

December 3, 2015

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USAF ACADEMY, COLORADO – The Citadel basketball team fell in a tight road contest to Air Force 97-93 on Wednesday night at Clune Arena, as the Bulldogs dropped to 5-3 on the season. Junior Warren Sledge scored a career-high 18 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field to lead The Citadel. Senior point guard P.J. Boutte recorded his third career double-double with 13 points and 11 assists. He has now dished out at least 10 assists four times this season.

Six different Bulldogs scored defensively as Derrick Henry, Quinton Marshall and Quayson Williams notched 16 points, 15 points and 10 points, respectively. Senior walk-on Bobby Duncan also contributed seven great minutes off the bench, finishing with a career-high seven rebounds, two points and two assists.

After falling down 13-8 early, The Citadel used hot shooting and stingy defense to put together a 10-0 run and surge in front 24-17. Freshman Connor Schroeder sunk a pair of treys on back-to-back possessions and the Bulldogs held Air Force without a field goal for more than four minutes of game clock during the momentum change. The Citadel went on to outscore the Falcons 33-22 over the final 15 minutes of the first half and took a 41-35 lead into the break. The Bulldogs shot 47.1 percent from the floor in the opening frame, assisting on 14 of their 16 made field goals.

Air Force regained the lead early in the second half with a 13-0 run, but a resilient effort from head coach Duggar Baucom’s team kept the Bulldogs within striking distance until the final seconds. A tough layup down low from Duncan tied the game at 70-70 with 7:28 remaining. Air Force managed to jump ahead again with an 11-4 spurt and never surrendered its lead. The Bulldogs cut their deficit to 96-93 with three seconds left after a three-pointer from Boutte, but the Falcons iced the game with a free throw to seal the win.

The Citadel now returns to McAlister Field House for a two-game homestand. The Bulldogs face College of Charleston on Saturday and host Voorhees College on Dec. 8. Tip off against the crosstown rival Cougars is set for 11 a.m.


Justin Woodberry hired as Riverside HS (Greenville SC) as boys basketballcoach

June 2, 2015
Justin Woodberry ('06 T Co.) addresses a gathering in the Riverside High gymnasium Monday after being introduced as the school’s new boys basketball coach.(Photo: BOB CASTELLO / Staff)

Justin Woodberry (’06 T Co.) addresses a gathering in the Riverside High gymnasium Monday after being introduced as the school’s new boys basketball coach.(Photo: BOB CASTELLO / Staff)

by: Bob Castello

The Greenville News June 1,2015

GREER – Justin Woodberry had been texting and talking on the phone with Riverside High School athletic director Murray Long, leading up to the big moment.
But by early Monday afternoon, Woodberry was having trouble coming to grips with the fact that Long had just introduced him as the Warriors’ new boys basketball coach.

“I’m still trying to believe this is really happening,” Woodberry said, “because it is such a big stage, and it is such a great opportunity.” Woodberry, 31, an assistant at Mullins High School for six seasons, replaces Greg Miller, who resigned after two seasons to become the head coach at Greer High. Woodberry, a 2001 Mullins graduate, helped his alma mater advance to three Class AA Lower State championship games and one state final.

Long said in going through the interview process, “One guy kept rising to the top.” “The categories we were looking for were the academics, the athletics, the character — all of that stuff rolled into one, and we really feel like we’ve found the best fit for our school,” Long said.Upon graduating from Mullins, Woodberry earned a football scholarship to The Citadel. He later spent six years serving in the National Guard.

“One thing I’ve taken from my coaches from my time in high school and in college is the work ethic that you put in,” Woodberry said. “I learned their work ethic, and learning that from them helped me to be successful. Even in high school, I knew that I wanted to impact the lives of young men because of the impact that my coaches have had on me.” Woodberry also served as an assistant football coach at Mullins for seven seasons, and he said he will help as an offensive assistant in football at Riverside. He is certified for special education, and he said he will serve as a resource teacher.

“The past couple years they’ve been building,” Woodberry said. “The success has been growing. It’s a great school. It’s in a great area. I got a chance to meet a couple of the kids, and I talked with the coaches about the kids. They seem like great kids. “The academic standards here are just top-notch. It’s just a great opportunity to be able to lead young men that hold themsevles to that standard, where they’re able to compete academically and athletically.

See Justin’s first interview here: ( you may have to copy & paste)

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Winthrop’s Derrick Henry plans transfer to Citadel basketball

May 14, 2015
Former Winthrop guard Derrick Henry (center) plans to play his final college season at The Citadel. (AP Photo/The Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

Former Winthrop guard Derrick Henry (center) plans to play his final college season at The Citadel. (AP Photo/The Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

Jeff Hartsell May 12 2015
New Citadel basketball coach Duggar Baucom apparently will get a veteran guard to help lead the Bulldogs during his first season, as Winthrop graduate Derrick Henry is planning to transfer to The Citadel.

Henry, a 6-3 guard from Covington, Ga., graduated last weekend with honors from Winthrop with a degree in finance, and will transfer to The Citadel to pursue his master’s degree and play his final season, according to his high school coach. Henry led Winthrop in scoring with 11.4 points per game in 2012-13 before tearing his ACL late in the season. After sitting out a year, he returned to play in 32 games last season, averaging 4.4 points and 16.1 minutes off the bench. Last season, he scored a season-high 15 points in a game against UNC Asheville, and had games of 13 points each against Charleston Southern and Longwood and 10 against Clemson.

He played for coach Rick Rasmussen at Newton High School along with Stephen Croone (Furman) and Shane Henry (Virginia Tech). “Derrick was looking for a fresh start, and wanted his last year of playing basketball to be productive,” Rasmussen said. “He’s a very focused, bright kid and is excited about getting his MBA at The Citadel.” Henry was recruited to Winthrop by former Eagles coach Randy Peele, who was replaced by Pat Kelsey during Henry’s sophomore year.

“He’s a lock-down defender, and in high school he was incredible scorer,” Rasmussen said. “He wants to go in to The Citadel and compete for a starting job right away, and he will bring an intensity that the coaches will appreciate. He will make practice a war, and he knows he’ll have to earn everything he gets. “But he’s absolutely no-nonsense, tough as nails and extremely competitive.”

In his first college start as a freshman, Henry scored 18 points at Georgia. In his sophomore year, he scored 23 points at VCU, 12 in a 10-point loss to Ohio State and 10 in a win over Auburn. Henry played at Winthrop with 6-8 forward James Bourne, who has transferred to College of Charleston.

The Citadel has had grad-student transfers in the past, including Joe Wolfinger (Washington) and Stephen Elmore in basketball and quarterbacks Willie Simmons (Clemson) and Jeff Klein (Auburn) in football.

Baucom has also signed 6-1 guard Quayson Williams and 6-7 forward Connor Schroeder since he was hired at The Citadel in March

Citadel Basketball Notes: Duggar Baucom names staff; Chuck Driesell hired, Wright looking

April 23, 2015
Coach Baucom has named his staff

Coach Baucom has named his staff

Jeff Hartsell
Apr 22 2015 6:57 pm

New Citadel basketball coach Duggar Baucom named his assistant coaches Wednesday, hiring two VMI assistants and a former VMI player. Daniel Willis and Ryan Mattocks, who worked for Baucom at Virginia Military Institute, and former Keydet player Willie Bell will fill out Baucom’s first staff at The Citadel. “All are extremely loyal, dedicated coaches whose main focus is to help our cadet-athletes be successful,” said Baucom, who was hired to replace Chuck Driesell last month.

Willis, who spent the last 10 seasons on Baucom’s VMI staff, will serve as associate head coach. In his first season at VMI, Willis filled in for Baucom in 2005-06 when the head coach was sidelined for seven games. He also worked for Baucom at Tusculum, and was an assistant coach with Baucom at Western Carolina. Willis was an All-America guard at Lenoir-Rhyne. “Daniel has been an invaluable asset, as we have rebuilt two programs together and now will start a third,” Baucom said. “He was a great college player who now provides keen insight in the flow of the game and at practice. Daniel does an excellent job in game preparation, and is totally invested in all areas of our program. He is going to make an outstanding head coach in the near future.”

Mattocks, a Duke graduate and former student-manager for the Blue Devils, spent the last three seasons at VMI with Baucom, and will serve as the Bulldogs’ recruiting coordinator. “Ryan has been a key member of my staff for the last three years and will continue to do so as our recruiting coordinator at The Citadel,” Baucom said. “He is highly organized, a great communicator and has a tireless work ethic which makes him a great recruiter. Ryan will play a vital role in developing our current players as well as bringing in talented future Bulldogs.”

Bell, most recently the head coach at Warwick High School in Virginia, was team captain of Baucom’s 2008-09 VMI team that went 24-8 and beat Kentucky at Rupp Arena. He also has coached on the AAU circuit and at Louisiana-Monroe. “Willie was in my first signing class at VMI and from the first practice I knew he was going to be a great coach in the future,” said Baucom. “He brings tremendous passion and energy in everything that he does. Willie is a natural leader who expects excellence from himself as well as others he is around. He brings a unique perspective to our staff, having experienced the military academic setting firsthand. I am thrilled he is joining our staff.”

Driesell hired
Former Citadel basketball coach Chuck Driesell has accepted an assistant coaching position at San Jose State, according to reports. Driesell was hired by San Jose State coach Dave Wojcik, brother of former College of Charleston coach Doug Wojcik, a close friend of Driesell’s.
San Jose State was 2-28 last season and is 1-35 in the Mountain West Conference in two seasons under Dave Wojcik.

Wright takes visit
Former Citadel basketball player Jake Wright has taken an official visit to South Alabama, and also is considering New Hampshire, Miami (Ohio) and Utah Valley, according to reports. Wright, a 6-4 guard, decided to transfer from The Citadel after averaging 8.9 points and shooting 42.1 percent from 3-point range last season as a freshman

Citadel basketball coach Duggar Baucom gets commitment from guard Quayson Williams

April 21, 2015
Quayson Williams in action.

Quayson Williams in action.

Apr 17 2015 9:36 pm

New Citadel basketball coach Duggar Baucom has picked up a second commitment for the Bulldogs, adding 6-1 guard Quayson Williams from Gibsonville, N.C., to the fold. Williams, who attends Eastern Guilford High School, had previously committed to play for Baucom at VMI. He averaged 21.9 points, 5.6 assists and 6.8 rebounds for his team last season, said Eastern Guilford coach Joe Spinks.

“His biggest strength is being able to shoot he ball as a point guard,” Spinks said. “He’s got a great m0id-range jumper as well as shooting the three with high efficiency. He loves the open style of play, so he chose a system that really fits his skill set at The Citadel. “Every coach who came through here said they thought Quayson has a college basketball body already. He’s a gym rat and loves to play the game.”

Williams’ team went 20-6 and made the second round of the state playoffs last season. Baucom previously got a commitment from Connor Schroeder, a 6-7 wing from The Miller School in Charlottesville, Va.

Baucom Inks First Members of 2015 Signing Class For The Citadel

April 21, 2015
Coach Baucom is hot on the recruiting trail.

Coach Baucom is hot on the recruiting trail.

The Toledo News: Monday, April 20, 2015 1:36 PM EDT

New Citadel head basketball coach Duggar Baucom announced on Monday that Connor Schroeder and Quayson Williams signed their National Letter of Intent and will join the South Carolina Corps of Cadets as part of the class of 2019.

“We are so excited to have Quayson and Connor join our Citadel Basketball family,” said Baucom. “Both young men will help us immediately on the court and will be great in the classroom and the Corps of Cadets. They will flourish in the military academic setting and understand the value of a Citadel education.”

Schroeder, a 6-7, 195-pound small forward who hails from Blacksburg, Va., was a standout at the Miller School of Albemarle in Charlottesville, Va. Averaging 14.2 ppg and 4.3 rpg he lead the team in scoring and was named to second team all-district in his senior season. Schroeder topped the 20-point plateau on seven occasions as a senior including a season-high 27 points against New Covenant in late November. Among his standout performances included a three-day stretch in the Benedictine Tournament where he averaged 19 ppg and 44.2 percent from the field en route to capturing tournament MVP honors. “Connor is a stretch four man that can shoot it with unlimited range,” added Baucom. “He is an excellent passer, who will also rebound and defend in the post. Under the tutelage of Ralph Melis and Damin Altizer, Conner has become a multifaceted player who will fit in well with our up-tempo system”.

Williams, a 6-2, 180-pound guard, joins The Citadel from Eastern Guilford High School in Gibsonville, N.C. As a senior, under head coach Joe Spinks’ tutelage, he averaged 21 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 5.6 apg and 3.3 spg, while leading the Wildcats to a 20-6 record and a spot in the second round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association playoffs. This earned him a spot on the first team All-News & Record team by the Greensboro News & Record.

The highly decorated Williams, originally from Trenton, N.J., was Public School player of the year in Guilford County in 2013-14 after a season that included 19.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 4.8 apg and 3.2 spg. He also managed back-to-back Mid-State Piedmont Conference player of the year honors following his junior and senior seasons. The Wildcats’ team MVP in each of the last three seasons, Williams was named as an all-region performer in 2013-14 and 2014-15. “Quayson is an athletic, scoring point guard who makes everyone around him better,” said Baucom. “He’s a tremendous leader who played in an excellent high school program led by coach Joe Spinks. Quayson will be the engine that will allow us to play at the pace we want and he can finish at the rim, as well as shoot a high percentage from three.”

Assistant Coach rumors

April 20, 2015

This is NOT official. It comes from and has not been verified.

Daniel Willis

Daniel Willis

Ryan Mattocks

Ryan Mattocks


I have heard from a great source that VMI assistants Daniel Willis and Ryan Mattocks will be headed to The Citadel with Duggar Baucom. Willis has been with Baucom for the past ten seasons – eight at VMI, and two Tusculum. Mattocks joined the VMI staff in 2012 after serving as a manager at Duke.

Willie Bell resigns at Warwick to take assistant job at The Citadel

April 16, 2015
VMI Grad Willie Bell has joined Coach Baucom's staff

VMI Grad Willie Bell has joined Coach Baucom’s staff

By Dave Johnson
The Daily Press, Newport News VA

Having coached a young team to the brink of the playoffs in his first season, Willie Bell loved what he had at Warwick. But when opportunity knocked, Bell knew he couldn’t turn it down. On Tuesday, Bell will report to his new job: assistant coach at The Citadel, a Division I program in Charleston, S.C. He will be joining his former coach at VMI, Duggar Baucom, who was hired by the Bulldogs on March 30.

Leaving Warwick was hard, but it was something Bell knew he had to do. “That was by far one of the hardest things I ever had to do in my life, especially when you’re building what we were building at Warwick and have all those seniors coming back next year,” he said. “They were really understanding. They understood I have aspirations, too, and they were basically like, ‘Coach, you’ve got to take this.’ “My overall goal is to become a Division I head coach one day. This is a step closer. I can go up to the next level and learn what I don’t know now, like recruiting and every-day living. The opportunity came along to coach at a Division I school, and that doesn’t come along every day.”

Bell, 28, coached Warwick to an 11-11 season after a 3-9 start. With only two seniors on the roster, the Raiders finished second in the PenSouth Conference. Bell, who helped lead Woodside to consecutive state championships in 2004 and 05, played three seasons for Baucom at VMI. Known for his grit and defense, Bell is ninth on the school’s all-time steals list with 169.

Baucom called Bell “the heart and soul” of the team. Baucom is known for his high-energy offensive style, which averaged 100.9 points a game during the 2006-07 season. He’ll bring that approach to Charleston. “Coach Baucom and I have a good bond,” Bell said. “He has a great mind for the offensive side of the game, and I definitely want to get under him and learn everything he knows.” Bell is also something of a recruiting poster for prospective recruits. “I’m a guy who has the military background in college,” he said. “God has blessed me in any ways. Now that I’m older, I understand all the things I went through at VMI have made me what I am now.”

With Bell leaving, Warwick will be searching for a boys’ basketball coach for the fourth time in five years.

April 14, 2015
Connor Schroeder

Connor Schroeder

Bulldog Notes by Jeff Hartsell

New Citadel basketball coach Duggar Baucom wasted little time in recruiting his first player for the Bulldogs. Baucom, named as The Citadel’s coach Monday, got a commitment Tuesday from 6-7 wing player Connor Schroeder of Miller School in Charlottesville, Va. Schroeder averaged a team-best 14.2 points and shot 35 percent from 3-point range last season.

“He’s a great kid and an outstanding shooter,” said Miller School coach Ralf Melis. “He was definitely our leader on the court this year, and not just statistically. On offense and defense, he helped us tremendously putting people in the right place. I’m really pleased with how he’s progressed in the last two years.”

Schroeder had recruiting interest from Longwood, Wofford and Radford, among other schools, and of course from VMI, where Baucom coached for 10 years. Melis said Schroeder should be a good fit for Baucom’s up-tempo attack. “He’s the best 3-point shooter we’ve had in the years I’ve been here,” Melis said. “So that fits his style very well. He likes to play fast, and for a big kid handles the ball very well.”

Schroeder’s commitment likely means that Citadel freshman guard Jake Wright will be moving on. The 6-4 Wright has requested a release to transfer, and The Citadel has released him to transfer to any school outside of the Southern Conference.

Former Citadel coach Chuck Driesell already had signed four players for the 2015 recruiting class: 6-2 shooting guard Matt Frierson of Laurel, Md.; 6-6 wing Trevor Jain of Pigeon Forge, Tenn.; 6-7 forward Zane Najdawi of Richmond, Va.; and 6-9 center James Pado of Perth, Australia.

As of now, those five freshmen will team with these returning players to form Baucom’s first Citadel team: Forwards Quinton Marshall, Brian White and C.J. Bray; guards Tim Broom, Warren Sledge and Brandon Thompson; and center Tom Koopman.

Justin Oxendine

Justin Oxendine

Oxendine signs
Former Citadel defensive end Justin Oxendine has signed a contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.
Oxendine, at 6-3 and 255 pounds an all-SoCon performer, had 37 tackles last season with 10.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks and was named to the all-SoCon team.


April 7, 2015


CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Citadel Director of Athletics Jim Senter announced on Monday that Duggar Baucom has been named as the 30th head coach in men’s basketball history. Baucom comes to The Citadel after a successful 10-year stint at VMI. “This is an exciting day for Citadel basketball,” said Senter. “Duggar has a proven track record of success, not only on the court, but more importantly in building young men of character off the court.”

Baucom amassed a 151-159 record with the Keydets and has a mark of 187-178 overall including two seasons as the head coach at Tusculum. The Charlotte graduate leaves VMI as the school’s all-time leader in wins and his 10 years represent the third-longest coaching tenure in Keydet history. Baucom is one of two VMI head basketball coaches to post two 20-win seasons and led the Keydets to the Big South Tournament championship game three times.

The 2008-09 team won 24 games, the second most in school history trailing only the 1976-77 team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s “Sweet 16.” VMI’s second-place finish in the Big South that season was easily its best since joining the circuit in 2003-04. In 2013-14, VMI advanced to the semifinals of the Tournament, which was the first postseason appearance in 37 years.

The Keydets led the NCAA in scoring for five straight years, and VMI had the nation’s leading scorer donning their uniform for two of those seasons.

Will Coach Baucom win at El Cid, like he did at VMI?

Will Coach Baucom win at El Cid, like he did at VMI?


“Establishing a distinct style of play that everyone in Division I is aware of is incredibly difficult. To have the audacity to do it at a place where it makes the least amount of sense, completely speaks to the courage of Coach Baucom. The Citadel hit a home run hiring Duggar, but more importantly, they hit a grand slam in who Duggar is as a person. Count me as the newest diehard fan of the Bulldogs!”
-Buzz Williams, head coach Virginia Tech-

“Duggar is a tremendous coach who plays a highly entertaining style. The pace and tempo with which they play is very hard to prepare for. He is a wonderful guy and a true innovator in a sport.”
-Gregg Marshall, head coach Wichita State-

“Duggar Baucom really gets it. To win at VMI you have to be innovative while honoring and respecting the culture. Coach Baucom not only won but won with class and an exciting brand of basketball. I’d pay to see a Duggar Baucom coached team. They are fun to watch, play hard and show class and sportsmanship. The Citadel made a tremendous hire and they got a great man and one of the true creative minds in college hoops. The Citadel will be in the NCAA tournament soon. I love this hire!”
-Mark Adams, ESPN Analyst and Primary National College Basketball and American Sports Network Analyst-

“I am genuinely happy for my friend Duggar, this is a great day for him and the basketball program at The Citadel. He will bring the same frenetic, high octane brand of basketball to the port city that his teams have always employed. Citadel basketball got better today.”
-Mike Young, head coach Wofford College-

“Duggar Baucom is a tremendous basketball coach. His teams play extremely hard and with purpose. His players demonstrate great discipline and competitiveness. And above all, it’s apparent that he cares about his guys. The Citadel has found a terrific leader for its basketball program.”
-Shaka Smart, head coach Texas

“What a brilliant hire for The Citadel. Duggar Baucom is a superb teacher and strategist and will bring a very exciting style of play. The players will love playing for him. The Citadel Alumni and supporters will be very proud that he is representing them.”
-Bob McKillop, head coach Davidson-
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