Mark comes over to Campbellsville from University of the Cumberlands:
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Just a few weeks after Brent Vernon was hired as the men's basketball coach on June 28, he will now have a very familiar assistant coach sitting beside him on the bench. Mark Vernon, the older brother of Brent, was hired as the top assistant for the Tigers on July 5.
Previously at the University of the Cumberlands for 14 years, Mark was the second-longest tenured assistant coach in the Mid-South Conference. While playing and coaching at Cumberlands, the Patriots went to the NAIA National Tournament 11 times, with the most recent a quarterfinal appearance in 2015-16.
"Adding Mark to my staff is honestly a dream come true for me," said head coach Brent Vernon. "When I left Cumberlands we always discussed the possibility of working together again and we knew if that were to happen it would mean one of us had received a head coaching job. He has only known Cumberlands basketball and for him to make this sacrifice to come and help me in my first head coaching opporunity is something that will be a great memory for our family."
"I am very excited about being at Campbellsville," said Mark Vernon. "They have a strong basketball history and I am looking forward to seeing that history continue. More importantly, I am looking forward to seeing our student-athletes grow and develop while they are here. Over my years, that is what has become most important to me and where I have received the most gratification. When student-athletes graduate and then contact me once they leave about how they now have successful careers and loving families, then I know, we as coaches are successful."
Here's a release about Clement:
Head coach Brent Vernon has announced the promotion of Clement as the Tigers second assistant for the 2016-17 year.
"I am so glad to have Darius become a full-time member of our staff after a year as our graduate assistant," said Vernon. "He has worked extremely hard in many different areas to get to this point. Darius is going to be such a valuable asset to our staff because of his love for Campbellsville University and because of his love for the basketball program that he played for here."
Clement came to Campbellsville in 2011 because his brother, Shawn Savage, was also a member of the men's basketball team and he was comfortable with the environment under former coach Keith Adkins.
Being a Bowling Green, Ky. native, the drive was short and just close enough to home for his dad and family to come to many, if not all games — home and away.
"I always appreciated looking up in the stands and seeing my dad at almost every game of my career... In Vegas, Oklahoma, Kansas City, the list could go on," said Clement. "Last year he was able to make it to a lot of games even though I was on the sideline as a graduate assistant and now that I am getting my first full-time coaching opportunity, my family is just as excited as I am.
"After my playing days were over, I decided to comeback and take the GA spot at Campbellsville because I missed it. Now this place is home. I appreciate the trust Coach Vernon has instilled in me to be on his staff. This summer has been a grind in the recruiting process but I'm excited for the team the coaching staff has assembled this year and I'm ready to get started when our players get on campus."