Novak Leaving Anderson To Join Citadel Staff

ANDERSON, S.C. – Doug Novak, head men’s basketball coach at Anderson University since 1999, has resigned his position at the school to accept a position at The Citadel, AU athletic director Bobby Beville announced Saturday afternoon. “I want to thank Doug for his contributions to Anderson University and to our athletic department during the past six years,” Beville said. “Doug was more than a basketball coach, he was teacher, a leader, and a friend. I appreciate what he stood for in developing young men. His character and integrity are impeccable, which is refreshing to see in this profession. We wish Doug, his wife Tonya and their two girls the very best.” Novak is leaving Anderson to join the men’s basketball staff at The Citadel where he will serve his second stint as an assistant for Ed Conroy. Novak was previously an assistant for Conroy at Francis Marion University. “Anderson University has been a great home for my family during the last six years,” Novak said. “It has been a privilege to be a part of the Anderson athletic program led by Bobby Beville. If there is a better guy to work for, I have not met him. As much as we enjoyed winning a CVAC championship, the friendships and relationships formed at Anderson were more rewarding. Anderson is truly a special place. “Sometimes in life you have a small window of opportunity for adventure. I think coaching at The Citadel will provide great challenges. I have tremendous respect for what The Citadel stands for and I am especially eager to work with Coach Conroy again.” A native of Brandon, South Dakota, Novak was an all-state point guard at Brandon Valley High School in Brandon. After high school, he continued his athletic career at the University of Tennessee (1987-90), where he played tennis for the No. 1 team in the country. From Tennessee, Novak moved to Clemson University where he served as an assistant tennis coach. He earned a M. Ed. in counseling and guidance from Clemson in '92. In '92, Novak was named assistant basketball coach at Roane State (Tenn.) Community College. After three years at Roane State, he was named athletic director and head basketball coach at Iowa Western Community College. From Iowa, he moved to Francis Marion where he spent one season as an assistant before taking the job at Anderson. In his second year with the Anderson program, he led the Trojans to their first winning record as a member of Division II. In his third year, he led Anderson to a record of 18-10 a tie for the CVAC regular-season championship. Anderson is still the only South Carolina school to win a CVAC regular-season title in men’s basketball. Novak leaves a well-stocked program at Anderson with six new players set to join the program for the 2006-07 season. “Having a solid scholarship system in place elevated our level of recruiting for the 2006-2007 season,” Novak said. “With the signing of six great student-athletes, the sky is the limit for the Anderson University basketball team.”
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