Savannah State University Interim President Cheryl Dozier has made a change in leadership in the Athletics Department. Dozier announced the appointment of an interim director of athletics and a national search to select the next SSU athletics director.
“I have appointed Horace Broadnax to serve as interim athletics director,” Dozier said. “Mr. Broadnax is currently our head basketball coach, a position he has held since coming to SSU in 2005. His proven leadership as director of our successful men’s basketball program and his commitment to team building are assets SSU will need as it begins a national search for a director of athletics. Broadnax brings many years’ experience in Division I athletics as an athlete and coach. He has experience in the NCAA and MEAC to which SSU is currently a provisional member. I am grateful that he has agreed to serve in this interim capacity.”
President Dozier stated “We would like to thank Mrs. Stacey-Suggs for her dedicated commitment to SSU over the past 22 years in several different capacities. Mrs. Suggs served in the position of athletic director for six months, after serving in an interim capacity for a year.
Broadnax came to SSU after practicing law for three years. Prior to that, he was the head men’s basketball coach at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla., from 1997 until 2002.
The Plant City, Florida native is credited with reviving the men’s basketball program at Bethune-Cookman College, where he was voted the men’s Coach of the Year in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) after turning around a team from a 1-26 season in his first year as coach to a fifth-place finish with a 10-9 conference record. Broadnax earned the title again after the men’s team earned its first number one ranking in the MEAC during the 1999-2000 regular season.
Prior to joining Bethune-Cookman University, Broadnax was the head men’s basketball coach at Valencia Community College in Orlando, Fla., for two years, where he recorded the school’s first 20-win season in 1996-97. He also worked as the video coordinator for the men’s basketball team at the University of Florida and held assistant basketball coaching positions at Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Fla.
Broadnax received his bachelor’s degree in finance at Georgetown University in 1986 where he was a point guard who helped the Hoyas win the 1984 NCAA title. Broadnax received his law degree from Florida State College of Law in Tallahassee, in 1991, and became a member of the Florida Bar in 1993.He has been a law partner at the Orlando, Fla. firm of Morgan, Colling & Gilbert since 1998, and has worked as an attorney-at-law in the Law Office of Joseph Williams in Plant City, Fla.
Dozier said she will appoint a search committee in the upcoming weeks to begin the national search for SSU’s next athletic director.