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COACH AND PROGRAM
First-year Charleston Southern coach Barclay Radebaugh is no stranger to the Big South, but he is unfamiliar with the position in the league the Buccaneers have been accustomed to the last few seasons.
Radebaugh was an assistant at conference power Winthrop from 2001-03 and had a hand in two league championships and a couple of trips to the NCAA Tournament. Now after a stint as head coach at Queens College in Charlotte and as an assistant in the ACC at Miami, Radebaugh is back to put more of the battle back in the Battlin' Bucs.
"Our foremost concern is that we teach these young guys how to win," Radebaugh said. "We want them to know what's expected of a winner and to have a championship attitude on and off the court. We want them to do the small things that it takes to win."
CSU followed up a 2003-04 last-place finish with a seventh-place showing last year, including a surprise trip to the Big South finals thanks to two road upsets in the tournament. With that run, fifth-year coach Jim Platt had had enough, stepping down to take an assistant's job at Army.
The team's top two scorers have also graduated and while Radebaugh has some guards to build around, the front court is going to be manned by Buccaneers with very little experience on deck.
"Some of our returnees have to step up on the front line," he said. "They have to."