From the Coach
“We are very thankful to the Keydet Club for raising money to finance our scholarships and operating budget for the basketball program. It is through your generosity that we are able to provide a special opportunity to our 13 scholarship players. Your gifts provide these young men a chance to compete at the Division 1 level and get a unique educational experience that will carry them for the rest of their lives.
We really do appreciate all that you do. Go Keydets!”
Duggar Baucom, Head Basketball Coach
Duggar Baucom begins his sixth season as head coach of VMI Basketball. Since taking over the program, he has injected a brand of fast-paced, high scoring hoops that has brought the team success on the court and wide-spread acclaim off the court.
Each of the past four seasons, Baucom's Keydets have led the NCAA in scoring, a feat never before accomplished at the NCAA Division I level. On a pair of occasions during that time, the Keydets had the nation's leading scorer donning their uniform - a feat only performed 10 times in NCAA history. In addition, the 2008-09 team’s 24 wins were the second-most in school history, trailing only the 1976-77 team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament's "Sweet 16", and VMI's second-place finish in the Big South was easily its best since joining the circuit in 2003-04.
Since transitioning to the up-tempo, high-flying system, the VMI record books and undergone a major facelift as 76 school individual, team and facility records been rewritten in the Baucom era. The VMI head man was rewarded with a second contract extension prior to the 2008-09 season, and proved himself worthy of such by leading his team to a 24-8 mark and a berth in the conference finals, their second-such berth in three years.
That season’s breakthrough campaign began with a bang. In a win that was described by renowned author John Feinstein as “pretty high on the all-time stunners list”, VMI entered the hallowed halls of Rupp Arena and walked away with a historic, 111-103 win over Kentucky in front of a silenced crowd of 22,579. That victory kick-started an unforgettable campaign that saw the Keydets profiled in Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine and the New York Times, along with several other major media outlets, all while winning 10 more games than the previous season and advancing to the program’s second Big South Championship Final in three seasons. The season saw Baucom honored as the 2009 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 3 Coach of the Year, while he was also among 10 finalists for the Hugh Durham Award, given annually to the nation’s top mid-major coach.
The Keydets' investment in the high-octane approach paid immediate dividends when Baucom and staff rolled out the strategy two weeks before the 2006-07 season opener. The results were astounding. Using an up-tempo system for most of the season, the Keydets won the most games (14) in nine years and advanced to the championship game of the Big South Tournament. The Keydets also set new NCAA season marks in three-pointers, both made and attempted, 3-pointers made per game and steals.
VMI was declared the 2006-07 stat champion in four team categories and two individual categories. The Keydets ranked first in Division I in scoring offense (100.9 PPG), three point field goals (13.4) made per game, assists per game (14.8), and steals per game (13.4).
Individually, junior forward Reggie Williams was declared the scoring champion in Division I after averaging 28.1 points per game. Sophomore guard Travis Holmes captured the steals per game statistical championship with 3.4 per game.
Records fell in bunches that season as well, as by season’s end, nearly 75 records ranging from the VMI school annals to opponent facility marks had fresh ink on them.
During the campaign, Baucom's program garnered national recognition for their astounding offensive numbers as media outlets from all across the country wanted to tell the story. The New York Times, ESPN.com and Sports Illustrated.com were just some of the national outlets who featured Keydet basketball.
By leading VMI to the Big South Finals where they fell to eventual champion Winthrop by a slim three-point margin, Baucom guided the Keydets to a conference championship game setting for the first time since 1988.
Baucom became the 29th head basketball coach of the Virginia Military Institute on April 12, 2005, bringing impressive credentials from Tusculum College in Greenville, Tennessee, where he directed the NCAA Division II Pioneers to back-to-back winning seasons including a conference regular season and conference tournament championship. In two seasons at Tusculum, Baucom compiled a mark of 37-19. In 2004-05, the Pioneers finished 18-11 on the year to post their fourth straight winning season. Tusculum caught fire in the postseason as the Pioneers won their first Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament title, while earning the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. Tusculum was eliminated in the South Atlantic Regional quarterfinals, falling 91-88 in overtime to top-seeded and No. 3 Bowie State University.
While at Tusculum, Baucom mentored three All-South Atlantic Conference selections in Brad Hawks (2003-04, 2004-05), Drew Harmon (2003-04) and Greg McIntosh (2004-05). Baucom was named Tusculum's head coach in August, 2003, and guided the squad in his debut season to a 19-8 record while capturing TC's first-ever South Atlantic Conference Men's Basketball Championship. It was also Tusculum's best basketball record since the Pioneers became a NCAA Division II member. Baucom was named 2004 South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year.
Baucom was well familiar with VMI basketball prior to his arrival, having served as an assistant at two Southern Conference schools when the Keydets competed in the SoCon. He made his collegiate coaching debut in 1995-96 at Davidson College where he served as an assistant coach with the Wildcats. Davidson had a banner season posting a 25-5 tally sheet while claiming a Southern Conference championship with a 14-0 league mark. The Wildcats were ranked fourth in the nation in scoring margin (+15.0) as they advanced to the National Invitational Tournament.
Baucom also served three seasons as an assistant coach at SoCon member Western Carolina University. While at the Cullowhee, N.C. school, he directed the Catamounts' recruiting efforts and landed several top players including guard Kevin Martin, who was a 2004 first round draft pick of the Sacramento Kings.
Baucom also served as an assistant coach at Northwestern (La.) State in 1998-99 where he implemented a skill development program for perimeter players while directing scouting and coordination of recruiting visits for the Demons. He served the prior three seasons (1996-98) at Mars Hill College where he held a variety of duties including scouting, film exchange, recruiting coordination and the development of Mars Hill's strength and conditioning program.
The Charlotte, N.C. native has over 20 years basketball coaching experience on the collegiate and scholastic level. He started his career as a junior varsity coach at North Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, N.C. He was later promoted to the varsity coaching staff in 1991 and served in that capacity until 1995 when he left prep coaching for the collegiate ranks. While a prep coach, he also served as head coach of the Amateur Athletic Union's Charlotte Royals from 1992-95, which included his team advancing to the AAU National Tournament.