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Savannah State names three head coaches

August 17, 2002

Savannah State University has named three new head coaches. Ed Daniels, Jr. has been picked at head men’s basketball coach. Robert “Bob” Eskew has been named head women’s basketball coach and Alvin Jones is the new women’s volleyball coach. All three were introduced at a press conference on Friday by SSU President Carlton E. Brown.

Daniels comes to Savannah State from Savannah’s Groves High School, where the boys varsity basketball team earned a 42-38 record during the three seasons that Daniels served as coach. The Groves team qualified for the Georgia State Tournament during the 2001-02 season.

From 1989 until 1997, Daniels coached the Tompkins Middle School boys basketball team, earning five middle school championships.

Daniels’ coaching career began in 1987 at Savannah State where he was an assistant basketball coach for two years.

Eskew joins the SSU staff from Atlanta Metropolitan Junior College where he started the women’s basketball program two years ago. He won coach of the year honors in his second season.

This marks the second stint for Eskew at Savannah State. He coached the men’s basketball team from 1987-1990 and recruited the schools first minority basketball player. He left SSU in 1990 to take an assistant’s job at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, TN. He worked as an assistant men’s coach at Murray State University for half of the 1998-99 season before taking over the program at Atlanta Metropolitan.

Eskew has had 30 years in the coaching profession and has coached at every level. His career record is 132-121 as a head coach.

Jones’ volleyball coaching experience began in 1989 while stationed in the U.S. Army at Fort Hood, TX where hee coached the women’s post team for three years. His first stint as a college coach was at Armstrong State where he led the team to a 15-15 record in his only year there.

Jones has been actively involved in conducting volleyball clinics in the area and he is a charter member of the Savannah Volleyball Officials Association.

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