Reception Set for New Hoops Coach

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

On Wednesday, May 5 there will be a meet and greet with Scott Groninger, the Wolves’ new head women’s basketball coach, at the Coliseum from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Groninger comes to West Georgia following a successful, six-year stint as the head coach at Gulf South Conference West Division rival Christian Brothers. He fills the vacancy created last month when Craig Roden resigned to accept a similar position at West Alabama.

“I’m really excited about this opportunity,” said the Wolves’ new coach. “When I went up for the interview I spent a lot of time with Coach Dickey and (men’s basketball) Coach Cooney and got very excited. I think the potential at West Georgia is unlimited.”

He says the UWG job has many pluses. “First, I feel good in going to a school where they’ve had some good teams and there’s a tradition of success. Also, the location is excellent and the facilities are all in place. I’m looking forward to having a team and program that matches the facilities.”

Groninger brings an impressive background to the UWG position. Prior to his service at Christian Brothers, he captured league coach of the year honors in leading Chowan (N.C.) to a conference title in 2004. Also, he previously served as an assistant at a pair of Division I programs: Kentucky and Chicago State.

“We’re excited to have Scott and his family here at our university and in Carrollton,” said Athletics Director and Head Football Coach Daryl Dickey. “Not only is Scott an outstanding basketball coach, but he will be a great representative for our university and our community.”

Groninger is a graduate of William Jewell (Mo.) College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He also holds a Master of Health Science from Georgia Southern University.

He and his wife, Kelly, are parents of three daughters: Megan (21), Kristen (18) and Mary-Kate (15). Megan recently completed her junior season as a member of the tennis team at William Jewell.