By David Shelton
Special to The Post and Courier
Charleston Southern men’s basketball coach Barclay Radebaugh has been given a contract extension after guiding the Buccaneers to their second straight 19-win season and first-ever appearance in the National Invitation Tournament.
Radebaugh and Charleston Southern athletic director Hank Small made the announcement during a news conference Friday on the CSU campus.
Radebaugh, who is 107-136 at CSU in eight seasons, had five consecutive losing seasons to begin his tenure as head coach but has guided the program to 54 victories over the last three seasons. He says the long-term commitment is equally as strong from his perspective.
“There were years when this institution made a commitment to me when maybe I didn’t deserve that commitment,” said Radebaugh, who needs 15 wins next season to become the school’s all-time winningest coach at 122 victories. “We had some lean years but they never wavered. I believe commitment goes both ways. I am interested in returning that commitment.
“One of the things I take great pride in is being the front porch for our university. Certainly athletics is not the most important part of a university but often times it is the most visible. We feel we have a great opportunity as a basketball program to expose the great things that are happening at this University.”
In addition to the contract commitment made to Radebaugh, Small indicated that current members of Radebaugh’s staff also received raises as a reward for their efforts.
“We wanted to elevate in that area (coaching salaries) as well,” said Small. “We think our coaches are doing a great job. Coach Radebaugh has consistently given credit to his staff for the success that the basketball program has had lately. We wanted to do what we could do to help them enjoy an extended tenure here at Charleston Southern.”