FORT MYERS, Fla. – Florida SouthWestern State College head men's basketball coach Eric Murphy has announced the hiring of Kente' Hart as an assistant coach for the Buccaneer men’s basketball program.
Hart has familiarity with Coach Murphy, as they coached together at Vincennes University in 2009-10.
“I am very excited to add Kente’ to our staff,” said Murphy. “He is very knowledgeable, being he was a Division I assistant for the last 5+ years. I know the man he is, the coach he is and the passion that he has toward basketball and that is why I am excited to have him as a part of our coaching staff.”
“I am very happy to be joining the FSW family,” said Hart. “I’m excited to be back working with Coach Murphy. Over the nine years I’ve known him, we’ve stayed in touch and kept a good friendship. I look forward to helping him continue the success of the FSW Men’s Basketball program.”
Hart spent the last seven seasons (2010-18) at USC Upstate as an assistant coach for the Spartans. During his time in Spartanburg, S.C., the Evansville, Ind. native assisted in all facets of the program, including: recruiting, strength and conditioning, practices, scouting and game preparations.
Prior to his stint at Upstate, Hart served as an assistant basketball coach at Vincennes University during the 2009-10 season. Vincennes claimed 22 wins in 2009-10 and the team was the NJCAA District III Runner-Up. Three players signed Division I scholarships, while one other player signed with a Division II institution.
Before making his way to Vincennes, Hart served as a student assistant coach at Carson-Newman from 2007 to 2008 as he completed his undergraduate degree. Hart assisted in the coordination of opponent scouting, game film and game planning. He also helped with individual workouts and was responsible for filming home and away games. Hart graduated in Dec. 2008 with a B.S. degree in Physical Education.
Hart was a two-year letter winner at Carson-Newman (2005-07). He was named Second-Team All-South Atlantic Conference as well as team MVP after a stellar senior campaign. He averaged 15.1 points, 6.0 assists and 2.9 rebounds per contest while connecting on 49 percent of his field goal attempts, 46 percent from beyond the arc and 85 percent at the charity stripe. The two-time conference player of the week finished the season 15th nationally in assists.
Before arriving in Jefferson City, Tenn., Hart played two seasons at Shawnee Community College in Ullin, Ill. As a sophomore, he earned team MVP and First-Team All-Conference accolades after leading the team in points (18.1 ppg), assists (6.1 apg) and free-throw percentage (87.0). He also grabbed 3.1 rebounds per contest. Hart also excelled in the classroom as he was named to the Dean's List and was a member of Phi Beta Lambda.
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SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION ARENA
The Buccaneers compete in the brand new Suncoast Credit Union Arena. Suncoast Credit Union Arena is approximately 75,000 square feet and is home to the FSW basketball teams and a student athletic center. The arena seats approximately 3,300 fans and includes six skyboxes, a hospitality event center, competition courts that convert into recreational courts, athletic office space, student, faculty and staff wellness, and an athletic center with a fitness pavilion, men's and women's locker rooms and a weight training area. The arena has two Daktronics displays, on the north and south walls, that each measure 10 feet high by 20 feet wide. Both displays incorporate variable content zoning to each show one large image or they can be divided into multiple windows to show any variety of live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics and animations, and sponsorship messages. One-hundred feet of ribbon displays have been installed on the east and west walls of the arena. The ribbons provide the opportunity to supplement the content on the main displays as well as highlight sponsors throughout events.
The Florida SouthWestern State College athletic program is a member of the Florida College System Athletic Association (FCSAA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The Buccaneers are one of 25 schools in the NJCAA Region 8 and are one of six schools in the Suncoast Conference. Florida SouthWestern State College currently supports four intercollegiate athletic programs (Baseball, Softball, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball).
Baseball and Softball began their regular season competition in 2016 at the City of Palms Park in Fort Myers. Located on the Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus in Fort Myers is the brand new Suncoast Credit Union Arena (completed in fall 2016), where FSW’s men’s and women’s basketball teams compete.
The movement to form a unique sports association dedicated to America’s two-year colleges arose in 1937 when several track and field coaches gathered in Fresno, California. A year later, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rejected a petition from 13 two-year colleges in California to grant their teams and athletes permission to compete at the NCAA Track & Field Championships.
In the spring of 1938, following the NCAA’s rejection, those same 13 two-year colleges gathered again in Fresno to organize and form an association that would promote and supervise a national athletics program exclusively for junior and community colleges…and the rest is history.
On May 14, 1938, the first constitution of the National Junior College Athletic Association was accepted by its charter members and the organization held its first national championship event a year later in May 1939.
The NJCAA has played a vital role in collegiate athletics for the past eight decades and continues to be the leader in championing academic and athletic opportunities for student-athletes. This section of the association's website is dedicated to celebrating the NJCAA's rich history and tradition as the national governing body of two-year college athletics.
For more information on the NJCAA log on to www.NJCAA.org.
The Florida College System Activities Association, Incorporated (FCSAA) is a statewide non‑profit corporation regulating, coordinating, and promoting intercollegiate activities in: Athletics, Brain Bowl, Forensics, Music, Student Government, Student Publications, and Theatre.
Membership in the Florida College System Activities Association is open to any of the 28 colleges in the Florida College System. Each member institution is represented in the policy‑making deliberations of the Association through that institution's President or other designated representative. The institutional representatives constitute the FCSAA Presidents Assembly, the ultimate authority in FCSAA.
For more information on the FCSAA log on to www.TheFCSAA.com.
NJCAA REGION 8 & THE SUNCOAST CONFERENCE
Member colleges of the NJCAA are allotted to a specific NJCAA Region upon membership to the association. Unlike other collegiate organizations that defer to conference affiliation, the NJCAA guarantees each member college's membership within the regional structure of the association. In most cases, region assignment is based upon geographic location of the college.
The region structure of the NJCAA is the primary method used by all sponsored sports of the association in determining qualification for national championship tournaments. In certain sports, two or more regions are partnered to form a competition 'district', which is then used for national championship qualification. The organization of districts varies per sport and is formulated every two years under the authority of the association's board of directors.
FSW is in Region 8 and is joined by ASA College Miami (Region 8 only; non-FCSAA member), Broward College, Chipola College, College of Central Florida, Daytona State College, Eastern Florida State College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Gulf Coast State College, Hillsborough Community College, Indian River State College, Lake-Sumter State College, Miami Dade College, Northwest Florida State College, Palm Beach State College, Pasco-Hernando State College, Pensacola State College, Polk State College, Santa Fe College, Seminole State College of Florida, South Florida State College, St. Johns River State College, St. Petersburg College, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota and Tallahassee Community College.
The Bucs are also in the Suncoast Conference with Hillsborough Community College, Polk State College, South Florida State College, St. Petersburg College and State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota. The women’s basketball program is also in the Suncoast Conference, but with only three other teams (Hillsborough Community College, St. Petersburg College and Eastern Florida State College).
For more information on Region 8 log on to www.TheFCSAASports.com.