Team preview: William & Mary
Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2003-04 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.
The College of William and Mary is dripping with history. It's the second-oldest college in the United States, founded in 1693. William & Mary men's basketball has a different type of history-a history of producing true scholar-athletes, but few winning seasons. Over the last five years, the Tribe has averaged 10.4 wins per season. The school has never earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament and its most recent NIT invite is 20 years old.
The latest man to try his luck at turning William & Mary's hoops fortunes around is Tony Shaver, who was hired in early May to succeed Rick Boyages (who resigned to return to Ohio State as top assistant to Jim O'Brien). Shaver comes to Williamsburg after a highly successful 17-year career as the head coach at Hampden-Sydney (Va.) College, where he compiled a 358-121 (.747) record. A proven winner, Shaver takes over a W&M program that finished 12-16 overall last year, with a 7-11 mark in Colonial Athletic Association games. He is the 31st men's basketball head coach in Tribe history.