After spending the past five seasons as head coach of the men’s basketball program at The Citadel, Springbrook High graduate Chuck Driesell will get a new beginning at San Jose State.
Driesell, a former Springbrook basketball standout, parted ways with The Citadel in March after the school opted not to renew his contract.
The former Silver Spring resident will join Spartans’ head coach Dave Wojcik’s staff as an assistant for the upcoming season.
“Chuck brings an unrivaled level of coaching experience to our program,” said Wojcik. “He has been very successful as both an assistant and head coach at every level. Chuck is a relentless recruiter, possesses a tremendous basketball IQ, and has a great presence on the court. Our players and coaches all look forward to learning from Coach Driesell on a daily basis.”
Driesell, the son of former Maryland head coach Lefty Driesell, compiled a 42-113 record during his stint at The Citadel. The Bulldogs finished the 2014-15 campaign with a 12-18 record, marking the most wins in Driesell’s tenure at the South Carolina school.
Driesell was a four-year letterwinner at Maryland from 1981 through 1985 and was part of four postseason teams under his father’s leadership.
Driesell reached the NCAA Tournament three times as a shooting guard at Maryland, and went back to the big dance as many times during a return to his alma mater as an assistant coach. His 12 postseason appearances as a player and coach include seven trips to the NCAA Tournament and five NIT bids.
“There is not a better person for us to bring into this program than Chuck Driesell,” said Wojcik. “Not only is he an elite recruiter and coach, but he is one of the best people I have been around in this profession.”