MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – After 21 seasons, the longest-tenured coach in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) men's basketball history announced his retirement Thursday. Georgia College head coach Terry Sellers has retired after 350 victories on the Bobcat sideline.
Sellers, a four-time PBC Coach of the Year, has led the Bobcats in all but three of their seasons since joining the NCAA Division II. Known for his competitive fire both on gameday and in practice, he also displayed a keen desire to see his student-athletes excel, both in their studies and after graduation. He retires after 37 years of coaching, 21 of which as the head coach of the Bobcats.
"I am grateful for the opportunity that I have had to coach at Georgia College for the past 21 years," said Sellers. "I want to thank all the assistant coaches, student-managers and student-athletes for their dedication and hard work. They will always hold a special place in the hearts of the Sellers family. In retirement, I look forward to being able to spend more time with family and grandchildren."
Sellers retires with 548 career victories in his 30-year college career as a head coach, including 350 at the helm of the Bobcats.
Sellers helmed GC Men's Basketball to four PBC Championships and a pair of PBC Tournament titles. The Bobcats posted eight 20-win seasons under his watchful eye, including an amazing run of four during a five-year stretch from 2005-2010.
The top season in program history came in 1999-2000, when Sellers and the Bobcats went 25-6, taking the program's lone NCAA Region Championship, and advancing to the NCAA Elite Eight. The Bobcats were ranked among the top-25 in the nation every week during the 1999-2000 season and posted a perfect 11-0 record at home.
Following the season, Sellers was named the Peach Belt Coach of the Year for the second time in his career. He was also honored by the Atlanta Tip-off Club as the NCAA Division II Coach of the Year in the state of Georgia and broke the school record for career victories with Georgia College's victory over Gardner-Webb in the NCAA Tournament.
Sellers-coached Georgia College teams made six trips to the NCAA Tournament. All-time, Sellers has coached 29 players to All-PBC accolades in his stellar career, including a pair of All-America honorees.
"Terry's accomplishments on the court speak for themselves," said Director of Athletics Wendell Staton. "Where his legacy is felt even greater is in touching the lives of the hundreds of student-athletes that have been fortunate to be on one of his teams. The impact those men have on their respective communities and the families they have built are a direct reflection of their time under Terry's tutelage. I'm excited for Terry and his wife Cathy as they look forward to the next chapter in their lives and enjoying their beautiful grandkids."
Sellers earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education and School Administration from Auburn University at Montgomery in 1976. Following graduation, Sellers spent one year as an assistant coach at Auburn University at Montgomery. He then picked up his first head coaching job at Hardaway High School in Columbus, Ga. before returning to the college ranks for seven seasons at the University of Montevallo as an assistant coach. Sellers' first college head coaching position was at Alabama Southern Community College where he earned Southern Division Coach of the Year in 1990, 1991 and 1993. Under his leadership Alabama Southern won four Southern Division Championships, made several appearances in the junior college national rankings, and finished second in Region 22 in both 1990 and 1991.
Georgia College is looking forward to celebrating the career of this legendary coach with a press conference Tuesday at 3 p.m. in the Centennial Center. All media will have access to the Coach Tuesday.
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