CHARLESTON, S.C. – University of Maryland assistant men's basketball coach Chuck Driesell will leave the staff at his alma mater to become the head coach at The Citadel, the school's athletics director Larry Leckonby announced Tuesday.
Driesell, a 1985 graduate of Maryland and a four-year letterwinner with the Terps, replaces Ed Conroy, who spent four seasons with the Bulldogs.
Driesell spent four seasons on the Terrapins staff with Gary Williams, helping the Terrapins to three NCAA appearances, including this season's Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season championship.
"It is an honor and a privilege to become a part of the rich history and tradition of The Citadel and to serve this great college as the head basketball coach," Driesell said. "I am passionate about being at The Citadel and will surround myself with people who feel the same."
The opportunity at The Citadel is Driesell's first as a head coach at the NCAA Division I level. Previously, he served as a head coach at the U.S. Naval Prep School (1985-88), Marymount University (1997-2003) and at Bishop Ireton (Va.) High School (2004-06).
"I am very happy for Chuck becoming the head coach at The Citadel," said Williams. "He worked very hard the past four years and was an important part of our success. Chuck has a great deal of experience and is certainly prepared to be a head coach."
Leckonby formerly was the senior associate athletics director and chief financial officer for Maryland Athletics. He noted Driesell's service as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy as a factor in having the leadership skills that will aid in his success at the military school.
A national search for an assistant coach at Maryland will begin immediately.