July 17, 2006
Albany -- Albany State players and fans alike were calling for it, and today the school answered, naming Chris Cameron the men's basketball coach on an interim basis.
Cameron has spent four of the last five seasons as the Rams assistant coach, and is ready to get started with his first head coaching position.
The position had been empty since John I. Davis stepped down at the end of last year.
The Rams never brought in any other candidates to interview for the job, but Cameron says he didn't take anything for granted.
"I prayed that it would happen," says Cameron. "Once Davis resigned, I knew I was the front-runner to be the head coach, so I just prayed everything would work out in my favor, and just continue to work."
The Rams return all five starters and nine of their top players from last year, which is good, because recruiting wasn't easy.
Cameron says, "I was still able to land a couple of guys while being in that situation, however I did lose some guys. But that's just part of life. It happens."
Coach Cameron says the school hasn't given him any requirements to meet to earn the position permanently.
"No one has talked to me about that. My main thing is just try to be successful. As long as I'm successful, I'm sure I'll fulfill any expectations they have."
This is Cameron's first time as a head coach, but he does have some experience on the bench.
"I've coached twice when Dr. Davis had to sit out a couple of games. So I do have two games under my belt. I'm 1 and 1," Cameron said with a smile.
ASU finished 16-13 during the 2005-2006 season and was fourth in the SIAC tournament.