The Meridian Community College men’s basketball program will be in search of a new head coach after Nathan Courtney resigned to take the same position at Highland Community College in Freeport, IL. Courtney guided the Eagles this past season to a 10-19 overall record and missed qualifying for the Region 23 Tournament by one game. Courtney came to Meridian after spending five seasons as an assistant coach at Indian Hills Community College in Ottuma, Iowa where he helped guided the team to a pair of appearances to the NJCAA National Tournament.
“We were disappointed to lose Coach Courtney, especially after only one year,” said MCC president Dr. Scott Elliott. “He is an outstanding young coach, and I was always impressed with his philosophies on team discipline. However, my understanding is that Highland is a school relatively close to his wife’s family, and that was a big factor in his decision. Also, Highland has been one of the nation’s premier junior college programs over the last decade or so; therefore, it was an attractive opportunity for him. I commend Coach Courtney for putting an MCC team together almost overnight last fall, and developing his players to the point that they took East Mississippi – one of the top teams in the nation last year – into overtime on their own court. So, the good news is that he left behind a nucleus of returning sophomores who will hopefully stick with us and take the program to an even higher level in 2012-13.”
MCC will be in search of a new head men’s basketball coach for the third time in the past three seasons. George Brooks resigned as head coach at MCC after the 2010 season to become an assistant coach at Mississippi State University and after the departure of Brooks the program has had two head coaches. Jeff Walker led the MCC program from 2010-2011 and Nathan Courtney just completed his only season as head coach at Meridian Community College.
“What we’re looking for now is a coach who is truly committed to Meridian – our college and our community,” added Elliot. “This will be our third coach in three years, and, obviously, that lack of continuity is counterproductive in terms of building a program that will be consistently successful. Ultimately, I bear the responsibility for this situation. I need to do a better job of discerning rhetoric from reality in terms of a true commitment to building a program.”