First Posted: 4/29/2009
DOBSON Tony Searcy, a longtime basketball coach at Surry Community College, has decided to step down. Searcys decision was announced at Tuesdays awards banquet in the school gymnasium, where Searcy helped groom young men to become basketball players and, most importantly, good citizens.
Ive chosen to step down and let someone else do it, Searcy, who served as an assistant to head coach Eddie Wilmoth last season, said Wednesday. Its gotten to be too much. Of course, Im going to help support them in any way I can.
According to Searcy, no replacement has been sought yet. But he did offer some advice for whoever decides to fill his shoes.
You have to have a desire and a passion to coach, for sure, Searcy said. It would take someone energetic to go out and recruit and play a 30-game schedule.
Searcy, 52, said Tuesday was the first his players had heard of his decision to step back, but Wilmoth and Searcy had discussed the topic during the season. Searcy said the decision was anything but easy.
It never is when you have to walk away from something that you really love, Searcy said. But you have different phases of your life you want to move on to.
Searcy served as head coach from 1997 until 2004, leading the Knights to five regular season conference championships and five tournament championships. The Knights finished as district runners-up in 2000 and 2001, while finishing eighth in the final 2001 national poll.
During his tenure as head coach, Searcy coached two All-Americans, one academic All-American and four Region X players of the year. Searcy has garnered three Region X coach of the year awards while at Surry.
During his playing days at Surry, Searcy earned All-American honors. At Appalachian State, Searcy set several individual records while also being selected to the All-Southern Conference team. In 1978, Searcy was drafted by the Golden State Warriors and played professionally in Belgium for a year.
In addition to assisting with the basketball team, Searcy is a counselor in Student Development. He said he will continue to work at the school.
Over the years, Searcy has developed a laundry list of players who have succeeded both on and off the court. Searcys influence stretched from the court to the classroom and even reached the other side of the Atlantic. A former player, Rick Logan, is graduating from Duke next month, while another player, Walt Baxley, is playing professionally in Europe.
Contact Ed Phillipps at [email protected] or 719-1921.