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Stokes stocking staff with experience

From staff and ECU Athletics reports

Chris Ferguson
Photo: ECU SID

Ricky Stokes has been on the job as East Carolina's basketball coach for less than a week and he's already put together the core of what may be the most accomplished staff in the program's history.

Longtime Tennessee assistant Chris Ferguson, whose resume includes stints at Virginia Tech, Appalachian State and UNC-Asheville, is the second addition to that staff, Stokes announced Tuesday in a news release.

Ferguson joins former Chattanooga and Virginia Commonwealth head coach Mack McCarthy as a member of the Stokes regime. McCarthy's appointment as associate head coach was announced last Wednesday, the same day that Stokes was named the 21st head coach in East Carolina's basketball history.

Ferguson, whose duties will include the coordination of recruiting, has served on the Tennessee staff since the 1997-98 season. He was an aide to former Volunteers coach Jerry Green until 2001, when he was retained by Green's successor, Buzz Peterson.

Peterson, recently forced out by the Vols, promoted Ferguson to associate head coach before the 2003-04 season.

Stokes pointed to Ferguson's ties to the region and his recruiting connections as assets that will make him a valuable assistant.

"Chris will bring a wealth of experience to all aspects of our program," Stokes said in a statement. "He's recruited this region heavily in the past while at Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Appalachian State and has utilized his North Carolina background to build many positive relationships across the state.

In his eight seasons at Tennessee, Ferguson helped the Vols earn four consecutive NCAA Tournament invitations (1998-2001) and a pair of National Invitational Tournament appearances in 2002-03.

Tennessee, which won two Southeastern Conference Eastern Division titles and one overall SEC championship during his tenure in Knoxville, advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 1999 and reached the Sweet Sixteen in 2000.

While with the Vols, Ferguson was credited with the development of the team's backcourt players, including All-SEC guards Brandon Wharton and Tony Harris.

Prior to arriving at Tennessee, Ferguson spent six years on Bill Foster's staff at Virginia Tech from 1991 to 1997. During his stay in Blacksburg, the Hokies won the championship of the NIT in 1995 and earned an NCAA bid in 1996.

"I'm excited and happy to be at East Carolina," stated Ferguson. "In addition to being a close friend, Ricky Stokes is one of the most respected guys in the business. I believe in him, and along with Coach Mack (McCarthy), we'll get the job done."

Ferguson also noted his high regard for the administrator who hired Stokes, ECU athletic director Terry Holland, himself a highly-successful former hoops coach.

"It is also an honor and privilege to have the chance to work with Coach Terry Holland," Ferguson stated. "He is well-respected around the basketball community and I'm excited for the opportunity he and Coach Stokes have given me."

Ferguson began his college coaching career as an assistant to Green at UNC-Asheville in 1986 and served on the staff of Tom Apke at Appalachian State from from 1987-91.
He got his first taste of coaching at Morganton (NC) Freedom High School, where he worked form 1982-86.

After a standout prep career in basketball, football and baseball at Henderson (NC) High School, Ferguson was a four-year basketball letterman in college, playing two years each at Central Wesleyan (SC) and Cumberland (KY), where he earned his Bachelor's degree in 1981.

Ferguson and his wife, Mary, are the parents of a son (Brian) and a daughter (Crystal).

Page updated: 02/23/07 11:44 AM

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