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Passing The Torch At Hampton
HAMPTON, Va. — The Hampton University Department of Athletics officially named David Six and Edward Joyner Jr. as interim women’s and men’s head basketball coaches on Tuesday at a press conference at Armstrong Stadium.
Six, who spent a year as the director of intramural sports at Hampton University , will take over a Lady Pirates program that went 16-16 last season, advancing to the MEAC Championship Game before losing to North Carolina A&T.
He will bring years of coaching success with him, having coached on the high school level at Hampton and Gloucester High. At Hampton High, Six won two Virginia state championships and nine Eastern Region titles.
He won 331 games during his tenure with the Lady Crabbers, and he spoke of using his local connections to take the program in a new direction.
“I wasn’t born here, but I lay my head here,” Six, a native of Brooklyn , N.Y. , said. “I want to tap into the local talent here, and work on making this team part of the community again.”
Joyner, who was promoted from assistant coach tointerim head coach last week after resignation of Kevin Nickelberry, also spoke of the community connection, saying he wanted to “bring Hampton back to Hampton .”
Joyner, who came to Hampton three years ago from his alma mater, Johnson C. Smith University, will take over a program that went 16-16 last season and at times struggled to score.
Joyner talked of upping the tempo in the coming season, but he mostly spoke of how coming to Hampton University was “a dream come true” and that in HBCU circles, Hampton University was “the crÃ¨me of the crop.”
“HU was a great institution before I got here,” Joyner said, “and it will still be a giant when I leave. We will accomplish great things nationally, but we will not forget who we are or where we come from.”
In finding replacements for Nickelberry and Walter Mebane, Director of Athletics Lonza hardy said, “We discovered that (the people) best-suited to continue the tradition of HU basketball were already on campus … right here on our staff.”
“There were probably some candidates with resumes sexier than mine,” Joyner said, “but they chose me. It’s just a blessing.”