Eagles Fill Basketball Vacancy
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss Head Basketball Coach James Green announced today that he has filled the vacant assistant coach's position on his staff with a former outstanding Golden Eagle player, Darrin Chancellor.
In addition, Green announced that Jeff Norwood has been promoted to associate head coach and that Jordan Dupuy joins the staff as coordinator of men's basketball operations and Todd Wilson as administrative assistant for men's basketball.
"We've taken our time in making our coaching moves," said Green. "We did that because we wanted to make sure we got the right people in the right positions, in an effort to minimize the impact of losing two assistants in the offseason. Coach Chancellor was an outstanding player here during a time when the program enjoyed perhaps its greatest success. He has gone on to build a solid reputation as a high school coach in the highly-competitive Jackson area. His knowledge of the high school game in Mississippi will be a quick plus for us."
Since graduating with a degree is coaching and sport administration, Chancellor played professional basketball in both Japan and the Continental Basketball Association from 1992 through 1996. He has served as a coach/teacher in the Jackson School System since 1996.
He was a first team All-Metro Conference performer as a senior at Southern Miss, was a rookie/free agent with the Boston Celtics in 1992, and was voted the most valuable player in his Tokyo, Japan league in 1993.
Chancellor played for former Head Coach M.K. Turk from 1987 to 1991, finishing his Golden Eagle career as the program's fifth-leading scorer ever, with 1,670 points. He played in 107 games, averaging 15.6 points and 2.8 rebounds. He also averaged almost 100 assists a year his final three seasons, and was one of the best shooters in recent history, finishing at .516 (629-1,218) from the floor, .400 (88-220) from three-point range and .751 (323-430) from the free throw line.
Teams Chancellor played with won 70 games, while losing 48, and finished 19-11 in 1987-88, 10-17 the following season, 20-12 in 1989-90 and 21-8 in his final season. His '89-'90 and '90-'91 teams both made NCAA tournament appearances, and the '89-'90 team played itself into the finals of the Metro Conference Tournament.
His '89-'90 team finished in a tie for second in the Metro Conference regular-season race and his '90-'91 team then won the league's regular-season title.
Chancellor shows up on almost all the Southern Miss career lists, including scoring (5th) scoring average (12th), field goals made (9th), field goals attempted (11th), field goal percentage (14th), free throws made (9th), assists (11th), minutes played (8th), thee-point field goals made (10th), three point field goals attempted (10th) and three-point field goal percentage (2nd).
In addition to the addition of Chancellor, Norwood adds the title of associate head coach. Norwood has been with Green since he took the head coaching job at Southern Miss, and, according to Green, will take on additional responsibilities, both administrative and on the court.
Dupuy joins Green's staff as coordinator of men's basketball operations and will be heavily involved with travel, practice scheduling and academics. Wilson joins the staff as administrative assistant for men's basketball and will work primarily with film exchange, mailouts and a wide range of other projects assigned by the head coach.
"If you look at this group, you'll see that four of them, Jeff, Todd, Darrin and myself, all are native Mississipians," Green said. "Todd, Jordan and Darrin all are Southern Miss graduates, and Quinn and Jordan are Louisiana natives. We felt that since we expend a lot of energy recruiting in the Mississippi-Louisiana area that this was the direction we needed to take with our staff, to have coaches with knowledge of and ties to the area, as well as coaches who have a built-in loyalty to The University of Southern Mississippi."
A quick check of the Golden Eagle preseason roster illustrates Green's point, since six of the 11 players on the roster are from either Mississippi or Louisiana.
Green's completed staff for 2003-04 includes:
James Green, Head Coach
Jeff Norwood, Associate Head Coach
Quinn Strander, Assistant Coach
Darrin Chancellor, Assistant Coach
Jordan Dupuy, Coordinator of Men's Basketball Operations
Todd Wilson, Administrative Assistant