Now McKillop can add another honor to his resume, having been named to the Class of 2015 of the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame.
McKillop, a native of Queens, N.Y., will be among those honored during the Hall of Fame’s annual awards dinner and induction ceremony, scheduled for Sept. 16 at the New York Athletic Club.
In 26 seasons as the Wildcats’ head coach, McKillop has compiled a 496-300 career record, including a 303-107 record in conference games. That includes 14 regular-season and seven tournament titles in two different conferences – Southern and Atlantic 10 – 13 20-win seasons, and eight NCAA tournament appearances.
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Among individual honors, McKillop was named the National Coach of the Year in 2008 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and conference coach of the year 11 times – 10 times by the Southern Conference, and by the Atlantic 10 in the Wildcats’ inaugural season.
McKillop, a 1972 Hofstra graduate, was hired by Davidson in 1979 after a successful career as a high school basketball coach in New York.
His first coaching job was at Long Island’s Holy Trinity High, where he had an 86-25 record in five seasons. From there, McKillop went to Long Island Lutheran, where he had a 182-51 record in 10 years.
Runners-up in Wells Fargo Cup
Two Lake Norman-area high school athletic programs finished second in their respective divisions in the final standings for the Wells Fargo Cup competition for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Lake Norman Charter finished behind Carrboro in the 2A division standings, while Community School of Davidson was the runnerup to Kernersville’s Bishop McGuinness in the 1A division standings.
The Wells Fargo Cup competition recognizes schools that have the best overall athletic performances within each of the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s four divisions.
Other Lake Norman area schools recognized in the Wells Fargo Cup standings were Lincoln Charter (fourth in 1A), Pine Lake Prep (sixth in 1A), East Lincoln (eighth in 2A), Hough (10th in 4A), and Lake Norman (13th in 4A).
Causey named SouthLake football coach
Long-time assistant coach Mike Causey has been promoted to head coach of SouthLake Christian’s football program.
Causey, the Eagles’ defensive coordinator last season, takes over for Bobby McLaughlin, who left the team last month after coaching SouthLake to the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II state title last season.
Causey becomes the fourth head coach in SouthLake Christian’s history, and takes over a program that will not field a full-time varsity team because of declining numbers of players.
Causey, also SouthLake’s baseball coach, has been coaching in the Eagles’ football program since 2008. Last year, he was defensive coordinator for a team that finished 12-1 and beat Davidson Day in the NCISAA D-II title game.
But that team lost a number of players to graduation – including Syracuse-bound running back Robert Washington. Eight others, including NCAA Division I prospects Aapri Washington and Eric Gallman, have transferred to other schools.
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