September 9, 2015
Graves Departs to Take Head Job at Bryant and Stratton
SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba College Men’s Basketball Associate Head Coach, Brian Graves, has resigned to become the head coach at Bryant and Stratton College. Bryant and Stratton competes in the highly competitive Region 10 Conference of the National Junior College Athletic Association.
Graves, a standout for Catawba as a player from 2003-07, returned to his alma mater in 2012 to become an assistant with the men’s program. He was promoted to Associate Head Coach this past summer.
“This has been a hard decision process for me, and a decision that causes me to leave my alma mater and the school that I once competed and played for,” stated Graves. “I am hoping that my hard work and dedication to Catawba Men’s Basketball for the entire three seasons that I was employed is echoed by the assistant coach that succeeds me.”
As a player, Graves was a three-time all-conference pick and was an All-Southeast Region performer as a senior. During his four years, Catawba won a pair of league titles and one tournament championship. The team advanced to the NCAA II Tournament three times. This past season, as an assistant with Rob Perron, he helped the men’s team double its win total from the previous year and finished sixth in the conference.
“My support of Coach Perron and the players of Catawba Basketball will never end,” continued Graves. “I will maintain the personal relationships that were built forever. I love the people at Catawba, I love the staff I work with, and I love the whole motto of “we take care of our people”. I know that I am leaving a great team, a great coach, and a great program, but I have to take this experience to run my own program in the area that I was raised.”
Graves shares the school the record with 15 assists in one game which came on February 28, 2007 against Carson-Newman. His 203 assists that season is second all-time and he ranks third in career assists with 600. The 600 career assists is the most in South Atlantic Conference history. Graves also stands third with 179 career steals and eighth all-time with 144 made three-pointers.
“I’m excited for Brian because he is ready for this opportunity,” said Perron. “Coach Graves did a tremendous job for us and he embodies the well-rounded education that Catawba provides. Like I told our guys he didn’t leave us he just is not living with us anymore. He will continue to support the Indians and I look forward to following his team.”
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