CONWAY, SC -Coastal Carolina men's basketball head coach Buzz Peterson has named Ed Conroy, Jamie Kachmarik and Mike Boynton as assistant coaches, announced today.
"We're excited to have these three on our coaching staff at Coastal," Peterson said. "Ed has been with me for the last five years, and we have developed a rapport and understanding that is vital to the success of any program. Mike was an outstanding player at South Carolina and has already shown, in his brief coaching tenure, the ability to translate that in to the development of players. Jamie has been very important during this transition period and recruiting season and will fit in very well with this staff."
Conroy joins the Coastal staff after spending the last four years on Peterson's staff at Tennessee, the last two as an assistant coach. Prior being named an assistant coach, Conroy served as the Director of Basketball Operations for the Volunteers during the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons after having been in the same position on Peterson's staff at the University of Tulsa in 2000-01.
A native of Davenport, Iowa, Conroy is familiar with the state of South Carolina, having been the head coach at Francis Marion University for three seasons (1997-2000), recording a 41-40 mark. Conroy has also been an assistant coach at Furman (1994-97), VMI (1993-94) and North Carolina State (1990-93), working with Peterson during his stint with the Wolfpack.
A 1989 graduate of The Citadel with a bachelor's in business administration, Conroy was a three-year starter for the Bulldogs. He served as team captain his senior year and also attained the rank of Lt. Colonel in the Corps of Cadets, the highest rank ever achieved by a basketball player at The Citadel.
Kachmarik will start his third year with the Coastal basketball program. Prior to his arrival at CCU, he spent three years as an assistant basketball coach at William and Mary, where he coordinated scouting and basketball operations, along with assisting with recruiting and on-court coaching. During his time there, he helped recruit two top-100 classes by The Hoop Scoop. The 29-year-old Kachmarik started his coaching career at Ohio State, serving as the video coordinator for Jim OBriens squad that won the Big Ten title and went to the 1999 Final Four. While there, he was highly involved in scouting breakdown and development of OBriens team camp, that increased from 12 to 75 high school teams in three years.
Kachmarik is a 1997 graduate of Bowling Green State University, where he was a student assistant for then head coach Jim Larranaga. During his tenure, he helped the Falcons to a 22-10 mark, a Mid-American Conference regular season title and a berth in the NIT.
Boynton is also familiar with the area, having been a four-year letterwinner for South Carolina from 2000-04, graduating with a bachelor's in African-American Studies. During his senior season, he led the Gamecocks to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998, starting 32 games and averaging 9.9 points and a team-high 3.5 assists per game. Boynton ranks second at USC for career games played with 125, while also finishing in the top-10 in career three pointers made, three pointers attempted, as well as single-season starts and minutes played. He was also awarded the Southeastern Conference's Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship for his community service work. Most recently, Boynton worked with the Furman University basketball program, serving as Graduate Manager during the 2004-05 season.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Boynton attended Bishop Loughlin High School where he earned First Team All-New York City honors after leading his team to a 24-4 mark and a berth in the city semifinals. He averaged 15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 11.0 assists per game, including setting the single-game school record for assists with 16. He also holds the school's career assists mark.