Former University of Georgia assistant coach Pete Herrmann has been selected to lead the new men’s basketball program at Young Harris College as announced by the school’s president Cathy Cox and athletics director Eric Geldart Tuesday.
Herrmann spent the past six seasons as the associate head coach for the Bulldogs. Under his watch, Georgia advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2008 after winning the Southeastern Conference Tournament, claiming three victories in a span of 30 hours, including wins over SEC powers Kentucky and Mississippi State on the same day.
For Herrmann, the opportunity to build a new program from the ground floor was too exciting to pass up.
"It’s going to be exciting to go into homes when I’m recruiting and tell student-athletes and their parents, ‘You’re going to build this with me,’" Herrmann said. "I’m looking forward to getting the best players and people we can for Young Harris College."
Herrmann will be the first men’s basketball coach at Young Harris since Luke Rushton, when the program disbanded in 1969, and he will start in his new position immediately.
The Mountain Lions will tip off their first season in four decades in 2010-11 as the Young Harris, which currently competes as a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association, applies for NCAA Division II membership.