March 16, 2006
Americus - When Georgia Southwestern head basketball coach Randolph Barksdale became the school's athletic director five years ago, he knew he would one day have to give up coaching.
The time for that move has arrived.
The 27-year coaching veteran is stepping down as Georgia Southwestern's head basketball coach so that he can devote his full attention as athletic director to the Hurricanes move to the Peach Belt Conference and the NCAA.
Georgia Southwestern will join the Peach Belt in the fall but it takes three years to become a member of the NCAA.
Randolph Barksdale was hired at Georgia Southwestern in 1979.
He left in 1987 to become the head coach at what is now Georgia Perimeter.
returned to Southwestern in 1996 where he has 374 wins and 537 for his career.
Leaving coaching will not be easy but Randolph Barksdale knows that moving to the NCAA will keep him so busy he probably won't have time to miss it.
Barksdale said "It is going to be a real challenge for our institution in the fact that most of the institutions have more students and also have bigger budgets. So, we have got some challenges that we have got to do. We have some facility upgrades that we have got to work at. So there are alot of things for me to be doing. I look forward to sitting up in the stands and second guessing."
Georgia Southwestern will begin what it calls a national search for a new men's basketball coach. No word on when the school expects that search to end.