Mercer head coach Mark Slonaker was named the 2002-03 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com Monday, March 10.   The 46-year old Slonaker, a native of Rahway, N.., led Mercer to a 23-6 record this year and the first regular season conference championship in school history as the Bears went 14-2 in the Atlantic Sun.   Mercer and Slonaker can also lay claim to the best single-season turnaround in NCAA history, going from 6-23 to 23-6.  Mercer also cracked the CollegeInsider.com Mid Major Top 25 Poll for the first time ever.   One could easily argue that Slonaker has one of the toughest jobs in division I college basketball.  In addition to very high academic standards, their home court has a capacity of just 500 people.   Despite the disadvantages, in six seasons the Mercer program has shown steady improvement with Slonaker at the helm, culminating this season with a school-record 23 wins (Mercer won 22 games in 1923-24 and...
WHO: Secretary of State Cathy Cox, a 1986 Mercer Law School graduate, will be featured speaker at the annual Law Day Luncheon.
(McDonough) - Wet weather and muddy ground didn't dampen the spirits of officials from Mercer University and Henry County Feb. 28 as they marked the completion of the steel work on the Regional Center that Mercer is building on Henry Parkway.   Henry County Development Authority Director Bob White said the "topping off" of the steel work is traditionally a "significant milestone" in the completion of a construction project.   White said while the symbolic groundbreaking at the site was held last June, actually work did not begin until Jan. 3 of this year, and the steel work started in mid-February. Choate Construction, which has already completed other buildings for both Henry County and Mercer, is the chief contractor on the facility.   Speaking on behalf of Mercer, Dr. Horace Fleming, Executive Vice President, noted that Mercer has two goals for the new facility - to educate students and to help improve the quality of life in the Henry County...
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MACON - Mercer University President R. Kirby Godsey has announced the appointment of Dr. Richard V. Swindle as senior vice president - Atlanta, effective June 1, 2003.
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Mercer men's basketball team's second round game in the Atlantic Sun Conference Basketball Tournament Friday will be broadcast live on AM 940 Radio in Macon and also on the Mercer website at www.mercer.edu. The number one seed Bears will play the University of Central Florida in the second round at the Georgia State University Arena in Atlanta. Tip-off is at 6 p.m. Should the  Bears win Friday night, they would play Saturday at 12 p.m. in the championship game that will be televised live on ESPN2.
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