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Martin, Swanson added to list for Gamecock Club meeting

Posted: May 14, 2015 10:35 a.m.
Updated: May 15, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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FRANK MARTIN WILL ENTERTAIN guests when the USC men’s head basketball coach delivers his talk at next Thursday’s Kershaw County Gamecock Club meeting in Camden.

University of South Carolina men’s head basketball coach Frank Martin and USC volleyball head coach Scott Swanson will join Camden native and USC offensive line coach/ co-offensive coordinator Shawn Elliott as guest speakers at the Kershaw County Gamecock Club’s annual spring meeting.

This year, the event will be held on Thursday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Old South & Catery, located at 509 Dicey Ford Road in Camden. Cocky is also scheduled to appear as well as the Independence Bowl trophy will be on display.

The meeting is open to all and guests do not have to be a KC Gamecock Club member to attend.

Food will be served at 6:30 p.m. followed by the speaking portion of the evening.

There will be drawings for raffle prizes during the evening while there will also be a silent auction for four pre-game field passes to the home football game with Vanderbilt this fall.

Tickets are $10.00 each in advance -- prior to May 20 -- or $15 at the door and can be purchased at the Old South & Catery, BSL Sandwich Shop (Little Street, Camden), Camden Military Academy (Administration Office) or by calling Casey Robinson at 803-669-0273.



Shawn Elliott:

Elliott is a 1991 graduate of Camden High School and was a key cog in the Bulldogs’ winning the 1990 AAA state title after having finished with a 15-0 record for now-retired head coach Billy Ammons. After signing with Appalachian State University, the defensive end was a four-year letterwinner for the Mountaineers and helped the team win a pair of Southern Conference title while he was also an All-SoCon selection. He appeared in four NCAA Division I-AA playoffs during his collegiate career in Boone, N.C.

Following his graduation from ASU, Elliott was hired by his alma mater as an assistant coach where he helped the Mountaineers to three consecutive NCAA Division I-AA national championships, from 2005 through 2007. Elliott was one of three Appalachian State coaches to earn the NCAA’s Award of Valor for their efforts in rescuing two individuals from a car accident on Oct. 1, 2000.

Elliott was hired by USC head coach Steve Spurrier on Jan. 3, 2010 and will enter his sixth season with the Gamecocks in 2015.



Frank Martin:

Martin was hired as USC’s men’s basketball coach in 2012 after five seasons at Kansas State in which he led the Wildcats four NCAA tournaments -- including into the Elite 8 in 2009-10 – and an NIT appearance in his tenure.

Since his appointment as head coach in Columbia, Martin has become a fixture in the community. He has appeared and has given talks at numerous events, including Gamecock Club Fan Fests, numerous community council and rotary club events, coaching clinics, and the Fathers and Families Decades of Dads event, among others. He was also selected as a Court Coach for USA Basketball in June 2012, assisting former Florida head coach Billy Donovan with the Men’s U18 National Team training camp in Colorado Springs, Colo., at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. The camp was used to determine the 12-member roster that represented the USA at the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in late June.

Martin was honored again during the summer of 2013, serving as an assistant coach for the United States on head coach Bob McKillop’s staff alongside Michigan head coach John Beilein for the U.S. Men’s World University Games team. The squad spent time in Colorado Springs at training camp, before embarking on a two-week journey to Kazan, Russia, in early July, for the event. He furthered his international coaching experience as head coach of USA East Coast during the summer of 2014, which represented the United States at the Tallinn Cup in Estonia.



Scott Swanson:

Swanson took over the helm of the Gamecock volleyball program in 2011 after having been the associate head coach at Minnesota.

In Swanson’s first season, the Gamecocks went 14-16 and improved its offensive efficiency and its backline defense under his guidance. Swanson guided the Gamecocks to an 18-14 record in 2012, the program’s second winning season in the last decade. The Gamecocks finished with a 17-14 record last fall and were 7-11 in SEC play.


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