Nov. 6, 2008
By Jeremy Stewart, Rome News-Tribune Sports Writer
Rome, Ga. - The Shorter College men's basketball team had a special guest in their midst during their Wednesday afternoon practice.
But for Hawks head coach Chad Warner, it was a chance to see one of the people that helped him begin his career, as former National Championship at UCLA and University of Georgia head coach Jim Harrick spent the day with the team.
"Chad is a great young guy and a terrific coach," Harrick said. "We talk all of the time on the phone and I want to support him."
Warner was a graduate assistant under Harrick at Georgia during the 2002-2003 season.
"I guarantee you that there is no one more nervous than me right now," Warner said prior to Shorter's practice session in the Winthrop-King Centre.
"But beyond that, we're humbled to have him here and evaluate us. I've told him to be harsh and tell us what we need to do to be a better team."
The 70-year-old Harrick, who is retired from coaching, was in the region for an event he is attending this weekend and is taking the opportunity to go around to a number of institutions and visit his former assistants.
"It's a great feeling," Harrick said of seeing their successes. "I think about 15 of them are head coaches. It's something you're really proud of."
"He is one of the greatest living basketball coaches we have," Warner said of his mentor, "and we hope to continue his legacy."
Harrick, who won a national championship at UCLA in 1995, stayed for practice and was planning on talking to the team afterwards.
The Hawks are 1-1 to start the season after going 19-12 last year in Warner's first season at the helm. Their next game is Monday at Savannah College of Art and Design.