Newberry head men's basketball coach Jeremy Luther resigns


Newberry head men's basketball coach Jeremy Luther resigns
Tuesday, May 5, 2009 | by Luther will take head coaching position at Armstrong Atlantic State University

NEWBERRY, S.C. - Newberry College announced the resignation of Jeremy Luther from the position of head men's basketball coach on Tuesday. Luther has accepted the head coaching position at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga.

Luther coached at Newberry for two seasons, compiling a 33-24 (.579) overall record. The 2009 squad went 21-8, compiling the school's best record since joining NCAA Division II. The Scarlet and Gray also advanced to the semifinals of the Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament for only the third time in the program's history. The team also led NCAA Division II in blocked shots per game and received the program's first ever regional ranking.

In his first season at the helm , Luther led the team to a 12-16 record and tied for sixth in the South Atlantic Conference.

Luther came to Newberry from Mercer University in Macon, Ga., where he spent six seasons as an assistant coach. While at the Division I institution, Luther was a key component in the recruiting of players from South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee. He was also in charge of the team strength and conditioning program, individual workouts and the academic development of each student-athlete.

Luther was a part of the Mercer staff that won the first ever regular season championship in school history and also set the NCAA record with the biggest turnaround going from 6-23 to 23-6 and was one win short of an Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Championship in 2003 and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Before coming to Mercer, Luther had stints as a head coach on the high school level at Windsor Academy in Macon, Ga. While there, he led the team to their most victories in seven years. Luther was also an assistant at North Greenville from 1998-2000. While at North Greenville, Luther was in charge of the development of perimeter players and assisted in the recruitment of players and the scouting of opponents.

Luther began his playing career at Robert Morris College where he played from 1992-93. After the season, he transferred to Liberty University where he played for two seasons. He would later transfer to Covenant College where he would score 1,300 points in two seasons with the Scots.

Following his senior year, he was named an NAIA Division II All-American after finishing fourth in the country in scoring, averaging 26.0 ppg.

Luther and his wife Ginny are the proud parents of a son, Bryson who is two.