Darren T. “Dip” Metress
- CVAC Coach Of The Year, 2001-02
- East Region Coach Of The Year, 2001-02
- Peach Belt Conference Coach Of The Year, 2006-07
- South Atlantic Region Coach Of The Year, 2006-07
- Whack Hyder Georgia Coach Of The Year, 2008-09
- NABC Southeast Region Coach Of The Year, 2008-09
- Peach Belt Conference Coach Of The Year, 2009-10
- Jags reached 12th NCAA Tournament, eighth under Metress, 2016-17
- Peach Belt Conference East Division Champions, best regular-season record, 2016-17
|Defeated NCAA Division II Final 32 participant High Point|
|Most conference wins in five years|
|Best record at Belmont-Abbey since 1988-89|
|Regionally ranked in East region for six weeks|
|Ranked eighth in Division II in field goal percentage defense|
|CVAC regular-season and tourney champions; East Region semifinals|
|Ranked as high as 11th in nation; CVAC Tournament champions|
|Sixth consecutive winning season|
|Defeated three nationally-ranked opponents; advanced to PBC Tourney semifinals|
|Won 15 or more games for the eighth straight season|
|Led ASU to No. 18 national ranking and to top seed in South Atlantic Regional|
|Led Jags to Elite Eight National Championship game and No. 5 national ranking|
|Led Jags to Elite Eight National Semifinal game and No. 4 national ranking|
|Led Jags to third straight Elite Eight appearance and No. 1 national ranking|
|Won both PBC regular season & tournament titles for second time in last three seasons|
|Won 15 or more games for 14th straight season, including eighth straight at ASU|
|Led Jaguar Basketball program to ninth straight winning season|
|Led Augusta to ninth NCAA postseason; Keshun Sherrill PBC Freshman of the Year, KJ Sherrill & Ryan Weems All-Conference|
Led Jags to 10th NCAA postseason and seventh under Metress, Keshun Sherrill All-American, All-Region, All-District, and All-Conference
Finished second in the PBC East Division, HERO Sports names Jags Best Program In State, Dip Metress surpassed career 400 wins, Keshun Sherrill named All-District and All-Conference
|Coached the team to a PBC East Division Championship with the best regular-season record in the league, Reached the NCAA Southeast Region Semifinal, Keshun Sherrill NCAA Southeast Region and PBC Player of the Year, Sherrill PBC all-time leading scorer|
|Entering 14th Season at Augusta||294||109||.730|
|TOTALS||Entering 22nd Season Overall||428||202||.679|
Dip Metress has coached over a dozen teams as the head men’s basketball coach at Augusta University and he has a winning record in every season. The 2017-18 season will be Metress’ 14th season at the helm of the program.
He has a 294-109 (.730) record in his 13 seasons in Augusta and a 428-202 (.679) overall record entering his 22nd season as a head coach.
Metress continues to succeed in wins, recruits, and postseason appearances. He was named the fifth head coach in program history on May 10, 2004, and wasted little time in rebuilding the Jaguars. He won 19 games in his first season and led the Jaguars to victories over three nationally-ranked opponents.
Augusta won the 2017 Peach Belt Conference East Division title and had the best regular-season record across the entire league in the 2016-17 season. A senior in 2016-17, Keshun Sherrill capped off a historic career by becoming the PBC’s all-time leading scorer with 2,333 points. Augusta retired Sherrill’s No. 10 jersey on May 2, 2017. He was a four-time All-American under Metress and was named the NCAA Southeast Region and PBC Player of the Year in 2017.
Competing as Augusta University for the first time in the 2015-16 season, Metress surpassed 400 career wins as the team earned a No. 10 NCAA Southeast Region ranking. HERO Sports named Augusta University men’s hoops the best program in the state and the Jags reached the PBC Tournament Championship game. Sherrill was named All-District and All-Conference in 2015-16 as he surpassed career 1,000 points.
In 2014-15, Metress coached the Jags to a 23-7 overall record and a 15-4 mark in the Peach Belt. The team reached its 11th NCAA Tournament all time and it's seventh under Metress. Keshun Sherrill was named All-American and All-District by the National Basketball Coaches Association (NABC), and earned All-Region by Daktronics and All-Conference for the Peach Belt.
The 2013-14 season featured a massive road win, time bouncing about the top 25, a game-sealing block and their ninth NCAA Tournament appearance. The Jags finished 24-8 and 15-4 in the PBC in 2013-14, taking second place in the East Division. Metress guided Keshun Sherrill to Peach Belt Freshman of the Year honors, while senior KJ Sherrill and Ryan Weems earned All-Conference.
Metress found success early when he added 15 wins in his second season and then, in just his third year, guided the Jaguars to what was, at the time, its second-best season in school history in 2006-07.
Not only did the Jags win 24 games and a PBC regular-season championship that season, Metress was named Peach Belt Conference Coach-of-the-Year and Augusta earned a No. 1 regional seeding. The Jags served as hosts of the NCAA South Atlantic Regional, advancing to the semifinals and earning a season-ending No. 18 national ranking.
In 2007-08, it got even better. Metress guided Augusta University to what was, at the time, the top season in school history, posting a 27-7 record and advancing all the way to the NCAA Tournament’s National Championship game and a national television appearance on CBS. Along the way, the Jags achieved the highest national ranking in school history at No. 5 and clinched their first South Atlantic Region championship, earning their first berth in the Elite Eight in Springfield, Mass., in the process.
A season later, Metress guided the Jags to a 30-5 record in 2008-09 that included a then school-record No. 3 national ranking, a sweep of the PBC regular-season and tournament championships, a second straight NCAA Regional Championship, and a return trip to the Elite Eight. Augusta lost in the National Semifinals to Cal Poly Pomona (74-70), but garnered more national respect with the selection of Garret Siler and Ben Madgen as All-Americans, and finished the year with a No. 4 national ranking.
In 2009-10, the Jags ascended to the top of the national rankings, earning the No. 1 ranking for the first time in school history on two separate occasions and posting their third Peach Belt Conference title in the last four seasons. Ben Madgen was one of three finalists for National Player-of-the-Year and an All-American for the second straight season while the Jaguars posted a 29-4 record and made its third consecutive Elite Eight appearance.
Metress may have saved his best coaching job for the 2010-11 season. Faced with the daunting task of replacing all five starters responsible for 116 wins the previous four seasons, Metress guided the 2010-11 Jaguars to the winningest season (in terms of percentage) in school history at 30-4 (.882).
Augusta claimed both the PBC regular-season and tournament titles and hosted an NCAA Regional for the fifth consecutive season. Only a 75-73 overtime loss to Anderson in the NCAA Southeast Regional title game kept the Jags from making their fourth consecutive trip to the Elite Eight.
Equally successful on the recruiting trail, Metress’ eye for talent has translated into three Jags winning PBC Freshman of the Year honors over the last five seasons while AJ Bowman -- Metress’ first recruit when he accepted the Augusta head job -- won back-to-back PBC Player of the Year honors in 2006-07 and 2007-08. He was also named Player-Of-The-Year in the state of Georgia and was the first player in Augusta University history to be voted a two-time All-American when he earned national accolades as both a junior and a senior.
Metress returned to Augusta following a highly successful, eight-year stint as head men’s basketball coach at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C. During his tenure, Metress guided his alma mater to a 134-103 (.565) record, including a 117-66 (.639) mark over his last six years.
In his last four years at the Abbey, the Crusaders posted a 40-8 (.833) record at home and an overall mark of 84-35 (.706), and in the last three years, they were 68-23 (.747). He also served as Compliance Director at Belmont Abbey from 1997-2004.
Metress guided Belmont Abbey to a pair of CVAC (Carolina-Virginia Athletic Conference) Tournament titles in 2001-02 and 2002-03. The Crusaders made a pair of Division II NCAA Tournament appearances during that span, advancing to the East Region Semifinals in 2002. They earned the highest national ranking in school history in 2002-03 when they stood 11th in the final poll.
Metress’ 2001-02 Crusader squad caught the attention of college basketball fans when it defeated Division I College of Charleston 70-67 in Charleston, S.C., snapping the Cougars’ 22-game home winning streak, which ranked as the fifth-longest in the nation.
During that magical campaign, Belmont Abbey won the CVAC regular-season and tournament titles, earned a final No. 3 East Region ranking and posted a 25-6 record. Metress earned CVAC Coach-of-the-Year and East Region Coach-of-the-Year honors.
A former Augusta assistant, Metress served on the Jaguars’ coaching staff under former head coach and current Director of Athletics Clint Bryant from 1989-1995. During those six seasons, Metress oversaw preseason and postseason workouts, monitored academic progress and coordinated the Jags’ recruiting efforts under Bryant. Metress has also helped spur the careers of several assistants. His former aides who have continued their coaching careers include: Jeff Brookman, head men’s coach at Anderson University; Nate Dixon, an assistant men’s coach at UMBC, Ganon Baker, player development assistant for the Nike Skills Academy; and most recently Jamie Quarles, the new assistant coach at the University of Buffalo.
A 1988 graduate of Belmont Abbey with a B.A. in Political Science, Metress earned his M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from Augusta State in 1992.
Metress is married to the former Heather Bradford of Lincolnton, Ga. They are the parents of a daughter, Elizabeth Margaret.
The Augusta University men’s basketball program added Drew Gibson to the staff, as announced by head coach Dip Metress in July 2017. Gibson, who was a former player and the Director of Basketball Operations at Wofford College, will serve as the top assistant coach for the Jaguars.
“When looking for an assistant there were four areas that we were looking to assess: player development, ability to scout, handling administrative details, and recruiting,” Metress said. “Another important aspect was finding an assistant that played all four years at the same college and experienced success as a player and coach. This is often an anomaly in college athletics, but we have found our man with Drew Gibson. Drew brings a lot to the table and we are excited about him joining a basketball program that has advanced to the NCAA tournament in three of the last four years.”
Gibson (Los Angeles, Calif.) was a four year starter for the Wofford Terriers basketball team from 2004-2008 and he joined the staff in 2014 as the Director of Basketball Operations.
“I am very excited to join the Jaguar family,” Gibson said. “It is an honor to join a well-respected basketball program with a winning tradition that is second to none. I am thankful for the opportunity that coach Dip Metress and coach Clint Bryant have given me and I'm eager to learn and grow under both of them.”
In his first season on staff at Wofford, Gibson was a part of the winningest season in program history. The Terriers went 28-7 and 16-2 in the Southern Conference (SoCon), winning the regular season title, the SoCon Tournament title, and earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 12 seed. Along the way, the Terriers defeated NC State at historic Reynolds Coliseum, faced eventual national champion Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium, and faced eventual NIT champion, Stanford.
A four-year member of the Wofford men's basketball team (2004-08), Gibson returned to Spartanburg after spending the previous six years playing professionally overseas. He was most recently a member of UMF Tindastoll in Iceland, where he averaged 14.2 points, 6.9 assists and 1.6 steals through 17 games in 2012-13.
Gibson scored 1,027 points, recorded 507 assists and had 213 steals while at Wofford. His sophomore, junior and senior years, Gibson led the team in both categories. The Los Angeles native remains the program's NCAA Division I leader in both career assists and steals.
Gibson's six professional seasons included stints with UMF Tindastoll, AngraBasket in Portugal, Frankfurt Skyliners in Germany and MBK Kormano in Slovakia. His professional playing time was highlighted by the 2011-12 campaign, when he shot 60.4 percent and averaged 16.5 points, 3.6 assists and 2.0 steals in 22 games with AngraBasket. That season, he was named Second Team All-Proliga.
Gibson's collegiate career with Wofford was outstanding. He is the only Terrier to ever record 1,000-plus points, 500-plus assists and 200-plus steals. Gibson led the team in both assists and steals as a sophomore, junior and senior. His 66 steals in 2005-06 and 180 assists in 2007-08 rank top-10 in the program's single-season record books.
Gibson averaged 12.1 points, 6.0 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals on the way to being named First Team All-Southern Conference by the league's coaches his senior year. The season also included a SoCon Player of the Week selection after Gibson scored 17 points and hit the game-winning 3-pointer with four seconds left in a win over UNCG.
Gibson graduated from Wofford with a B.S. in finance in May of 2008. He is the son of Kevin and Floydette Gibson and his brother, Kyle, plays professional basketball in Italy.
A veteran of more than 40 years of coaching at all levels of basketball, Lenny Carlson is in his 11th year of his current coaching stint for the Augusta University Jaguars. He returned in 2006 as a valuable aid to head coach Dip Metress and has played a prominent role in the development of the Jaguars as they continue to carry national recognition. Carslon first joined the Jags in 19687 as the top assistant to former coach and athletic director, Marvin Vanover.
Carlson was inducted into New England Basketball Hall of Fame on June 22, 2013 in Worcester, Mass. He was part of an induction class that included former UMass Head Men’s Basketball Coach John Calipari and renowned novelist, Harlan Coben, who was an outstanding player at Amherst.
A decorated athlete at all levels, Carlson graduated from North High School in Worcester, Mass., in 1958 and played on two Inter High School championship teams. He then attended the University of Connecticut and graduated in 1962 after leading the Huskies in scoring as a junior and senior. A team captain, Carlson was an All-Yankee Conference, All-New England and All-America selection.
As a graduate student at UConn, Carlson coached the Huskies’ freshman team and, following Hugh Greer’s sudden death, became the interim varsity assistant coach of the 1963 UConn squad that won the Yankee Conference and advanced to the NCAA Regional. Years later, Carlson was a nominee to the ballot of the UConn All-Century Team. He also played professionally for the Hartford franchise in the first NEBA (New England Basketball Association), leading them to a championship.
As a member of the military, Carlson was named to two consecutive All-Army teams and participated in the National AAU Tournament and represented the United States in international competition. He spent the next three seasons playing professionally for the Antwerp, Belgium franchise in the European Basketball League.
Following his fifth knee surgery, Carlson retired from playing and began his 40-plus year association with the Jaguar basketball program in 1968 when he was hired by former Augusta College Head Coach and Athletic Director Marvin Vanover. He served as Vanover’s right-hand man for more than a decade, retiring in 1982 to enter into private business.
Carlson and Vanover were credited with being the first coaches from a predominately white university to recruit African-Americans and later became the first program to recruit foreign-born players and to produce two players from the same team drafted into the NBA.
During the 1975-76 season, Carlson took a leave of absence from ASU to coach professionally in Belgium. His Racing Antwerp squad posted a 41-15 record in the European Basketball Association and he was named the league’s Coach of the Year. Carlson also enjoyed an assistant coaching tenure at Indiana State University before retiring in 2000.
In 2006, Carlson came out of retirement to become Customer Retention Manager for VWR International while also re-joining Jaguar coaching staff under Metress and helping lead ASU to three consecutive Elite Eight appearances in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Carlson has played or coached in over 1,300 college and professional games and appeared in 11 postseason tournaments at the NCAA Division I and Division II and NAIA levels during his time at ASU, Connecticut and Indiana State.
Carlson and his wife Debbie, who reside in Augusta and Park City, Utah, and have three children and four grandchildren.