Lonnie Blow, Jr., resigned Wednesday as men’s basketball coach at St. Augustine’s University to accept the same position at Virginia State University.
Blow coached at St. Augustine’s from 2008-2010 before leaving to take an assistant coaching position at Old Dominion. Blow returned to the Falcons’ bench for the 2012-13 season, posting a 16-12 record.
In three seasons as the Falcons’ head coach, Blow was 62-27 and helped guide St. Augustine’s to its second CIAA men’s basketball title in school history and the school’s last NCAA Division II Tournament appearance in 2010. Blow’s 27-5 record in the 2009-10 season was the highest winning percentage (84.4 percent) in school history since 1975, when the NCAA began tracking program statistics.
“This was one of the most difficult decisions of my life, but the hardest part for me was leaving my players,” Blow said in a press release. “When you are fortunate enough to work at such a great university, and work with such outstanding young men, it is really special and very hard to leave.”
Blow played basketball at Virginia Wesleyan University from 1979-82, where he is the school’s third-leading scorer and was inducted into the school’s sports hall of fame.
St. Augustine’s University says it will begin a national search for a new head coach.