‘Golden' Era begins for Newberry College basketball
Wednesday, May 19, 2004 | by by Scott McCain, Newberry Sports Information

NEWBERRY, S.C. – Newberry College director of athletics Andy Carter announced the hiring of former Winthrop University assistant coach Shaun Golden as the new head men’s basketball coach today in a press conference held in Eleazer Arena.

Golden served on Gregg Marshall’s coaching staff at Winthrop for six seasons, where he helped guide the Eagles to four NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament berths, three Big South Conference regular season championships, and four Big South tournament championships.  Most recently, he was Marshall’s top assistant and Winthrop recruiting coordinator.

“Shaun is a winner,” Carter said.  “He has won as a high school player, and won an SEC championship as a player at the University of Georgia.  He won as an assistant at Georgia and has helped guide Winthrop University to the NCAA Tournament four of the six years he has been on staff at that institution.  There is no doubt in my mind he will win at Newberry College.  Shaun’s personality and his proven track record in recruiting South Carolina and the Southeast region made him a really good fit for us.”

Golden’s résumé as a player backs that statement.  A native of Taylors, S.C., he played in four state championship games, winning two, at Riverside High School under his father, head coach Louis Golden.  He went on to play point guard for the Georgia Bulldogs, winning the Southeastern Conference championship as a freshman and making two trips to March Madness.  As a junior, he was the league’s defensive player of the year.  Golden won team MVP honors as a senior.

As an assistant at Georgia under Tubby Smith, he helped guide the Dogs to two NCAA Tournament berths and a spot in the NIT Final Four.  All three teams finished with 20 or more wins, the first time in school history that feat had been accomplished.  At Winthrop on Marshall’s staff, Golden was a part of seven regular season and conference tournament champions, making the NCAA tournament four times.

“First, I am thankful to Newberry College and Andy Carter,” Golden said.  “He saw an opportunity, and saw something in me that will help this program reach its goals.  I am also thankful for Winthrop University and head coach Gregg Marshall.  In part because of our success there, I have been granted this opportunity.  My wife and my family are my strongest supporters—my backbone.  Without them, none of this would be possible.”

When asked what drew him to Newberry College, Golden responded, “First of all, Newberry is here in my home state.  Being in South Carolina made it an appealing opportunity.  During my visit here, all I could think about was growth, which reminded me of what we did at Winthrop— we grew the program.  The same path that Newberry is trying to walk, I’ve walked at Winthrop.  Hopefully I can help guide this program in the same direction.”

University of Kentucky head coach Tubby Smith spoke highly of Golden.  “Shaun is one of the bright young coaches in America today.  I am proud to say that I was involved in his recruitment out of high school, and he was a grad assistant for me at UGA, where he played collegiately.  I witnessed firsthand his potential and his passion for the game of basketball.  He carried that with him to Winthrop where he helped Gregg Marshall build a powerhouse and I know Shaun will do the same at Newberry College.  I think [Newberry has] made a wise choice and, given the opportunity and resources, Shaun will do an outstanding job.  We are excited for Shaun and his family.  He is a young man that has the total package of values, knowledge, passion, and work ethics to get the job done.”

Golden replaces David Conrady, who left the program earlier this month to accept a coaching position at Division I University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.  His 2003-04 squad compiled a 16-13 record, a Newberry-best in 20 years, on the way to a fourth-place conference finish and a spot in the Food Lion SAC Tournament Championship game.

Winthrop head coach Gregg Marshall echoed Smith's remarks.  “Shaun Golden is very deserving of this opportunity.  He has been a tremendous part of our success here at Winthrop and is a true professional.  Newberry is getting a rising star in the coaching profession and is someone who will take their program to great heights in a very short time.  We are very grateful for his contribution to Winthrop University for the past six years.”

The senior Golden is the third all-time winningest coach in South Carolina.

Golden comes to Newberry with his wife, Tiffany, and two young daughters, Kyndall and Ebony.

Golden was quick to recognize others that contributed to his success. “There are some special people I want to thank: my father and mother, Louie and Betty Golden; the city of Taylors, S.C.; and especially the people on Adams Street.  I love you, and I thank you for all that you’ve done for me.”

Newberry College is a proud member of the South Atlantic Conference, a NCAA Division II league comprised of colleges and universities in North and South Carolina and Tennessee.  Founded in 1856, Newberry is affiliated with the South Carolina, Southeastern, Florida-Bahamas, and Caribbean Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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TRANSACTION:  Shaun Golden named head men’s basketball coach at Newberry (S.C.) College.

SHAUN GOLDEN FACT FILE

All-American at Riverside High School
• Won two state championships

Point guard, University of Georgia, 1989-93
• Won SEC regular season championship (1990)
• Selected to NCAA Tournament in 1990, 1991
• SEC Defensive Player of the Year (1992)
• Team MVP (1993)

Point guard, Atlanta Trojans (USBL), 1993-94
• Division Champions

Administrative Assistant Coach, University of Georgia basketball, 1995-98
• 1996 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
• #16 final 1996 ranking
• 1997 Rainbow Classic Champions
• #3 seed in 1997 NCAA Tournament
• #17 final 1997 ranking
• 1998 NIT Final Four
• Three consecutive 20-win seasons

Assistant Coach, Winthrop University basketball, 1998-2004
• 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 Big South Tournament Champions
• 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 NCAA Tournament berth
• 1999, 2002, 2003 Big South Regular Season Champions