TERRE HAUTE —
Former Terre Haute South and Furman University basketball standout David Conrady has re-entered the coaching world after a short hiatus.
Conrady was recently named head coach of the boys team at Chattanooga Christian, a prep school in eastern Tennessee.
Conrady, who led South to an elite eight appearance as a senior in 1982 in the Indiana high school single-class state tourney, has coached at several small colleges throughout the South, and was also the associate head coach at Tennessee-Chattanooga.
Every collegiate team he has coached has reached the national tournament at its respective level.
He currently serves as the national basketball director for SCORE International and will continue in that role. For 30 years, SCORE “has partnered with athletes, coaches, and anyone with a heart to serve using their gifts, talents, and abilities to share the life-changing message of Jesus through short-term mission trips,” its literature states.
Prior to coming on staff with SCORE, Conrady spent 23 years coaching basketball at the collegiate level, most recently at UTC. During his six seasons at UTC, Conrady was a part of three Southern Conference North Division Championships, two Southern Conference Tournament Championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances.
“What a blessing to be able to combine my ministry at SCORE with coaching kids the game I love,” he said. “I pray that God continues to provide opportunities to share the vision of SCORE, engage coaches and athletes on our life changing trips, while pouring into the students at CCS.”
Conrady brings nine years of head coaching experience at the NCAA Division II level at North Greenville University and Newberry College.
While at North Greenville, his teams defeated several nationally ranked teams, including the No. 1- and No. 2-ranked teams. During his final season at NGU, his team finished 4th in the country at the NCAA National Tournament.
Conrady also spent two years at Newberry. In his second year, the Indians made it to the South Atlantic Conference Tournament final, the only time in school history. The 16 wins that season were the most Newberry had posted for almost 20 years.
As a player at Furman, Conrady was a three-year captain as a point guard for the Paladins basketball team. He was voted to the all-freshman Team and set the school record for assists in a single game.
Conrady said, “This is a perfect fit for my ministry. I am excited to be able to teach a game I love, teach the biblical life lessons found in sport, and to continue to introduce the concept of servant leadership through engaging coaches and athletes on SCORE trips. CCS is a special place that provides their students with a biblically-based education that is second to none.”
One of Conrady’s former staff members came within a game of reaching the NCAA Division I men’s tournament this year. Coach Tony Jasick of IPFW, which lost 60-57 to North Dakota State in the Summit League championship game, was on Conrady’s staff at Newberry during the 2003-2004 season.
Jasick has led IPFW to a 24-10 record so far this year, and the Mastodons will play in the College Invitational Tournament this week.
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• Bits and pieces — One of Conrady’s high school teammates, of course, was Dave Mahurin, former boys coach and still principal at Rockville.
Mahurin has been spending some time in Point Lookout, Mo., as his two sons helped lead Indiana Wesleyan to the final four of the NAIA Division II national tournament.
IWU defeated Friends 95-79 on Saturday as R.J. Mahurin had 16 points and seven rebounds and Lane Mahurin had 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The Wildcats played Southeastern (Fla.) on Monday night in the final four. The championship game is tonight and will be streamed on ESPN3 at 7 p.m.
Southeastern eliminated Huntington College 84-76 in the first round. Shakamak’s Brodie Crowe was a freshman at Huntington and hauled in two rebounds.
• Also — Another member of that 1982 South team was Dennis Funkhouser, whose son Kyle is off to a 3-1 start on the mound for the 15-4 University of Louisville baseball team. The Cardinals are ranked 10th nationally coming off a College World Series appearance.
• Beth Mahurin commits to Oakland: Beth Mahurin, the third sibling hoopster in Dave’s family, has made a verbal commitment to attend Division I Oakland University in Michigan next fall and complete the final two years of her college eligibility. She started all 29 games for Lincoln Trail this winter, leading the team in scoring at 13.1 and in rebounding at 4.9 per game. She shot 52.3 percent from the field and 74.5 from the line.
Joey Bennett is a former Tribune-Star sports reporter and copy editor who now teaches at Northview High School in Brazil. He can be reached at email@example.com.