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Saah Nimley officially hired as head coach at Charleston Southern

After serving in the interim role for the majority of the season, Saah Nimley has been officially been hired as head men’s basketball coach at his alma mater, Charleston Southern. Nimley has gone 8-14 so far this season with the Buccaneers tipping off Big South Tournament play on Friday.

“This is truly a special day in the history of Charleston Southern basketball,” AD Jeff Barber said in a statement. “To have the opportunity to name a head coach who is considered by many as the best player to have ever played their sport at their alma mater is unique. Saah Nimley is the perfect fit for our Head Coach position, and I am blessed to have the opportunity to work with him in the days ahead.”

Nimley played at CSU from 2011-15 and left as the program’s all-time leader in assists and third on the all-time scoring list. He was named Big South POY in 2015 as a senior, then played professionally for a number of years overseas before returning to North Charleston in 2019 to be an assistant under his former head coach, Barclay Radebaugh. When Radebaugh stepped down in late November, Nimely was elevated to the top spot and has led the Bucs to their best Big South record (6-10) since 2019-20.

“I am deeply grateful and honored to have been appointed as the Head Coach at Charleston Southern,” said Nimley. “I want to thank God for making this opportunity possible. I also want to thank President Faulkner and Jeff Barber for entrusting me with the responsibility of leading this program to success. I am thankful for the players and the staff who have shown resilience in the face of challenges this season. This program has opened doors for me that I never imagined, and I am committed to giving back and helping these young men reach their full potential. Buc Nation, get ready for an exciting journey ahead. It’s Game 7!”

Charleston Southern has only played in the NCAA Tournament once (1997), but did win two Big South titles and go to two NITs in 18+ seasons under Radebaugh, both when Nimley was on the team (2013 and 2015).


credit to Charleston Southern Athletics for the image