COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Wofford didn't look far before hiring associate head coach Jay McAuley to lead the program after longtime coach Mike Young left for Virginia Tech earlier this month.
The school announced McAuley's promotion Sunday, making him just its third head coach since 1985 in a program that prides itself in building from within. That's how Young , hired by his former basketball boss-turned-athletic director Richard Johnson, got the job in 2002 and made five NCAA Tournament appearances over 17 years.
McAuley helped Young lead the Terriers to their most successful Division I season in history by going 30-5, including an 18-0 mark to win the Southern Conference. Wofford was ranked in the AP Top 25 for the first time ever and made more history in the NCAA Tournament when it defeated Seton Hall - the Terriers' first win in the Big Dance - before falling to Kentucky in the second round.