MARIANNA, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A new era for the Chipola men's basketball program is officially underway.
Following Bret Campbell's resignation, successor Brendan Foley has been tapped from the Indians' bench.
Foley was introduced at a press conference Wednesday afternoon. On his way up through the ranks, Foley served under esteemed D1 coaches Bob Huggins, Frank Martin, and Andy Kennedy.
During six years as an assistant at Chipola, 30 players have moved on to play Division I basketball, a standard he plans to uphold going forward.
"There's been many former great players that have passed through here, some that I've been fortunate enough to coach," Foley said. "I see some former great players in attendance today and that gives me a great sense of pride. A numerous amount of excellent coaches have passed through here and I cannot tell you how honored and blessed I am to be the next head coach to continue the tradition of excellence with our men's basketball program here."
Right after the introductory press conference, Foley singed his first recruit. According to a tweet from his father on Twitter, guard Dwayne Walker from Arizona Compass Prep will begin his collegiate career with the Indians after meeting with Foley Wednesday afternoon.
Bret Campbell departs the program after posting a 61-29 overall mark in three seasons. He was previously head coach at UT-Martin and an assistant at Austin Peay among several other stops, but Campbell is setting his sights on a new challenge.
"I've coached for many years and I'm going to try to get into the public sector and see what that's about," Campbell said. "I'm engaged in a couple of different opportunities and kind of wrestled with it this spring, looked at some different things. But I'm looking forward to doing that."
Campbell began his coaching career in 1983.