FLORENCE, S.C. - Francis Marion University forward Louis McCullough and head coach John Schweitz have both been honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) for their accomplishments this past season.
McCullough was selected to the first-team NABC All-South Atlantic Region squad, the second All-Region team he has been named to this year, while Schweitz was tabbed as the region’s “Coach of the Year,” the first such honor for a Patriot men’s hoop coach.
Schweitz directed Francis Marion to its most successful season ever in 2003-04: a 27-4 record, a No. 5 ranking in the final regular-season Top 25 poll, and an appearance in the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen. This was his fourth year as head coach at FMU after serving as an assistant for one season.
The FMU men won more games this past season than in the previous three years combined (24-56 record).
McCullough, a 6-6 junior from Goose Creek, averaged 17.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 1.4 assists per game. He ranked second in the Peach Belt Conference in both scoring and blocked shots (48). He connected on 51.7 percent of his field goal attempts, including 44.2 percent of his three-point shots (third best in the PBC), and 80.5 percent of his free throw attempts (third best in the PBC).
He scored in double figures in 29 of 31 games, including ten 20-point contests, and led FMU with seven double-doubles. During FMU’s Sweet Sixteen loss to the eventual national champion Kennesaw State University, he became only the second Patriot to amass 1,000 points, 600 rebounds, 100 blocked shots, and 100 steals during a career.
With his senior year still ahead of him, McCullough stands 10th on the Patriot career scoring list with 1,361 points, seventh on the rebounding list (651), third in career blocks (111), and 14th in career steals (100).
McCullough is a product of Garrett Academy of Technology in North Charleston, and he spent one season at Fork Union Military Academy.
Located in Overland Park, Kan., the NABC was founded in 1927 by legendary coach Phog Allen and now claims nearly 5,000 members.