Brent Vernon, who had been an assistant for four years, was named head coach of the men’s basketball team at Campbellsville on Tuesday.
Vernon, 34, is replacing Keith Adkins after he resigned on May 31 to take be the head coach at Life University in Marietta, Ga.
“It is such an honor to be able to get my first head coaching position at an institution such as Campbellsville University,” Vernon said. “Following in the footsteps of coaches such as the late Lou Cunningham, Travis Ford and Keith Adkins is something that is hard for me to put into words. It is a task that I will not take for granted, and I will work extremely hard on and off the floor to make this university proud.”
Vernon said he has already talked to the players about his hiring.
“Those conversations have gone absolutely great,” he said. “From here it’s about going straight to work. I will now finalize our roster, as well as assemble a staff, and finish completing our schedule. We have no time to waste at this point, and this is already starting to take shape.”
Campbellsville president Dr. Michael V. Carter said that a national search brought more than 60 names to the school’s search committee.
“Brent has demonstrated his ability to recruit and to be a part of a winning program,” Carter said. “I think he will bring the type of excitement to the game that will attract players and fans. I am thankful for his desire to see the Tiger basketball program carry on our proud tradition and see our players graduate and be champions of character.”
A former two-sport player at Williamsburg High School, Vernon attended then Cumberland College on a golf scholarship in 2000. After one season on the golf team, he began his coaching career as a student-assistant men’s basketball coach for two seasons before playing two years. He coached for the Patriots until 2009 before returning to Williamsburg as an assistant basketball coach until the spring of 2012.
Then he went to Campbellsville in 2012 and had double roles as assistant basketball coach and head women’s golf coach.
“His 10 years of experience as an assistant coach at two Mid-South Conference schools will certainly be a great help in his new role,” Athletics Director Rusty Hollingsworth said.