“It has been an honor and privilege to be the head coach at UAPB and to guide the young men who I was fortunate enough to coach,” Ivory said in a release. “I will always have fond memories of nearly 20 years in this program, and am grateful for the opportunity to lead this program. I’ve been involved in this wonderful game for more than 30 years, and after a difficult COVID-challenging season, I am tired. It’s best for me to step away now and spend more time with my family.”
Ivory went 140-169 overall and took the Golden Lions to their first-ever NCAA Tournament in 2010. He was the longest-tenured coach in the SWAC, played in the league with MVSU and spent his entire coaching career in SWAC basketball. For his lifetime contributions to the conference, Ivory was inducted into the SWAC Hall of Fame as part of the 2019 class.
“The name George Ivory is synonymous with Golden Lion men’s basketball,” Interim AD Chris Robinson said. “From four years as an assistant coach to 13 years as a head coach, his program provided many memorable moments and made the H.O. Clemmons Arena one of the toughest venues for opposing teams in the SWAC. We thank him for his tireless commitment and effort poured into the program, and look forward to his success in future endeavors.”
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