HAMPTON, Va. – The Hampton University Department of Athletics has given head men’s basketball coach Edward “Buck” Joyner Jr. a multi-year contract extension, just over a month after he won his second Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament championship.
In six seasons at the helm, Joyner is 99-96 overall and 57-39 in MEAC play.
“We are extremely proud of the job that Coach Joyner has done at the helm of the men’s basketball program, particularly during the MEAC and NCAA Tournament runs,” Director of Athletics Eugene Marshall Jr. said. “We are confident that, under Joyner’s direction, the program will continue to succeed and compete at the championship level on an annual basis.”
“I want to thank Mr. Marshall and (University President Dr. William R.) Harvey for their continued faith in me,” Joyner said. “The support of this institution at every level is crucial to our success, and I look forward to building on this year’s success going forward.”
The Pirates were 17-18 this past season, and after going 8-8 in MEAC play, Hampton won four games over the course of six days to win their second MEAC Tournament title under Joyner – and their first since 2011. Hampton defeated Delaware State 82-61 in the championship game to earn the MEAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Hampton drew Manhattan in the NCAA First Four, winning 74-64 in Dayton, Ohio. It marked the second NCAA Tournament win in the Pirates’ Div. I history – along with the team’s historic upset of N. 2 seed Iowa State back in 2001.
The Pirates then took on top seed Kentucky in the second round.
In addition to the team’s two MEAC crowns under Joyner, the team competed in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) last season – giving the Pirates three postseason berths during Joyner’s tenure.
With one more win, Joyner will have 100 for his career, making him just the third coach in program history to win at least 100 games with the Pirates. He is already the program’s winningest coach at the Div. I level, surpassing Steve Merfeld on Feb.7 with a 64-61 win over Maryland Eastern Shore.
During his tenure, the Pirates have boasted one MEAC Defensive Player of the Year (Du’Vaughn Maxwell, 2013-14) and one MEAC Rookie of the Year (Deron Powers, 2012-13) – and two players were named First Team All-MEAC under Joyner: Maxwell in 2013-14, and Darrion Pellum twice.