MU Athletics Department Announces Changes

Methodist University Vice President and Director of Athletics Dave Eavenson announced the promotion of DeeDee Jarman from Senior Associate Director of Athletics to Deputy Director of Athletics on Friday afternoon.

With the promotion, Jarman, who has served as the women’s basketball coach at MU since 1997, will step away from the sidelines and long-time assistant Cheryl McNair will assume the head coaching position on an interim basis for the 2017-18 season. Jarman will also retain the Senior Women’s Administrator role within the department. Her promotion is effective immediately.

“DeeDee Jarman is an outstanding person and it is a pleasure to work with her every day,” said Eavenson. “She is an excellent administrator and is a tremendous asset to our athletic department. I am looking forward to the future with her in this expanded role.”

“The Methodist University Athletic Department is making some very positive changes as we move forward,” Jarman said. “After 22 years of coaching women’s basketball here at Methodist University, I have been given the opportunity to work with athletic administration full time and I am very excited to contribute to the athletic department’s vision and the entire Methodist Community moving forward.”

In 20 seasons as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at MU, Jarman amassed a career record of 299-233 (.562) and steps down as the winningest coach in school history. Her teams won a total of five conference championships and advanced to the NCAA Tournament on two occasions. In addition to her coaching duties, Jarman has served as an administrator in the department for a number of years. She has been the SWA for over 15 years and added the title of associate athletic director in 2004. In 2013, Jarman was elevated to senior associate athletic director.

A graduate of UNC-Wilmington with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education, Jarman previously served as the head women’s basketball coach at New Bern high school from 1993-95, followed by a two-year stint as the assistant women’s basketball coach at Methodist under Rita Wiggs. Jarman attained a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University in 2003.

Taking the reins of the Methodist women’s basketball program will be McNair, who has served as an assistant under Jarman since 1997. She has been heavily involved in recruitment of student athletes, opponent scouting and implementation of the offensive attack since her arrival on campus. A 1994 graduate of then-St. Andrews College in Laurinburg, N.C., McNair was a four-year letterwinner for the Knights and has most recently worked as a physical therapist technician at Cape Fear Therapy Services.

“I am extremely honored and grateful for the opportunity to lead the women’s basketball program,” McNair said. “I have had the great pleasure of working with, and learning from, DeeDee Jarman for the past 20 years as her assistant coach. This experience has influenced me personally and professionally. My vision is to instill a culture in which our student-athletes don’t just see themselves as a part of a team but a family; to encourage them that anything is possible if you are willing to put in the work and that they should enjoy this experience.”

“Cheryl has done a great job in all areas of our women’s basketball program over the past 20 years,” commented Eavenson. “She has been a valuable and loyal assistant and we are excited about the upcoming 2017-2018 season under her stewardship.”

McNair’s appointment as head coach is effective August 1.