PCC Removes ‘Interim’ From Coach's Title
Darrick Mullins Takes Over the Helm of the Pitt Basketball Program
WINTERVILLE—When Darrick Mullins took over as interim head coach of the Pitt Community College basketball program earlier this year, he said one goal would be to have the term ‘interim’ removed from his title.
That wish came true Wednesday, when PCC Athletic Director Junior Bailey announced Mullins had been chosen as the Bulldogs’ new head coach.
Mullins took the basketball helm at PCC in January on an interim basis, after Chad Reynolds resigned midway through the 2010-11 season. The Bulldogs were 0-7 when Mullins took over before finishing 7-16 overall and reaching the Region X Conference Tournament semifinals.
“We are very excited about Darrick Mullins taking over as head coach of our basketball program,” Bailey said. “When you look at the situation he stepped into in January and see how he and his staff handled it, it’s pretty remarkable.
“Darrick took the players he was handed—not players he recruited—and made them better on the basketball court while also making sure they met their classroom obligations.”
Indeed, PCC showed marked improvement after Mullins took over, particularly on defense.
Under Mullins, the Bulldogs went from a winless squad surrendering 98.4 points per game to a team that held opponents to 73.8 points per game over 16 games and won six of its final nine contests.
Bailey said Mullins’s familiarity with PCC and the community, his efforts to play an active role on campus, and his knowledge of the game made him the clear choice to become Pitt’s head basketball coach.
“Observing Darrick in his role as interim head coach, it became obvious to me that he knows how to lead young men,” Bailey said. “It was just as clear that Coach Mullins understands his players are student-athletes with emphasis on ‘student.’”
A Pitt County native who lives in Greenville, Mullins is a 1986 graduate of North Pitt High School. In addition to serving as Reynolds’s assistant for two seasons, the 43-year-old’s coaching resume includes nine years at the helm of the Hightower Hoopsters and five years coaching at Farmville Middle School.
“Being named head coach at PCC epitomizes the message I preach to the kids I coach—that hard work pays off,” Mullins said on Wednesday. “I tell my players to be prepared for when an opportunity may present itself. I feel that I was prepared for this opportunity.”
Mullins said he has been getting a feel for players who might be available to play at Pitt since the end of the Bulldogs’ 2010-11 season. “Now, I can reconnect with the kids I have had on my radar and bring them in for a second workout,” he said.
Mullins said 80 prospects came out to an open tryout on the PCC campus in April. Of those who attended, he said he plans to invite 15-20 of them back for a second tryout.
Three players from the 2010-11 squad – Chuckie Becton, Darrien Ince and Darren Wilson – are already slated to return for their sophomore seasons.