Scott Cherry was introduced Thursday at High Point's new coach on Thursday, while his old program went about trying to replace him.
Cherry spent this past season as the top assistant for the South Carolina men's basketball program. He was hired Wednesday at High Point, a Big South Conference school in North Carolina.
His departure leaves South Carolina coach Darrin Horn looking for another staff member to join current assistants Cypheus Bunton and Mike Boynton.
"We appreciate everything that Scott Cherry brought to our program in our first year at South Carolina and wish him and his family nothing but the best in their future at High Point University," Horn said in a statement. "Scott understands the importance of building a program with character, academic excellence and commitment to style of play, as well as focusing on putting the student-athlete first. I expect him to do very well as a head coach."
This is the first head caoching job for the 37-year-old Cherry, who played on North Carolina's 1993 national championship team, and was an assistant on George Mason's 2006 Final Four team.
“My family and I were very impressed with the vision, direction and leadership of Dr. Nido Qubein and Craig Keilitz, and we are looking forward to becoming part of the High Point community," Cherry said in a statement released by High Point. "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to lead these young men and to help take this basketball program to new heights.”
In filling Cherry's position, Horn has a couple options.
He could move Bunton and Boynton each up a spot, and hire a younger coach to be the the third assistant. Or he could hire a more established coach to fill the top assistant role. One candidate, if Horn goes that route, could be Charlotte assistant Rob Moxley, who interviewed last year before Boynton was hired.