Campbell men’s basketball head coach, Kevin McGeehan, announced last week the addition of Kurtis Darden and Mike Summey to the team’s coaching staff.
BUIES CREEK — Campbell men’s basketball head coach, Kevin McGeehan, announced last week the addition of Kurtis Darden and Mike Summey to the team’s coaching staff.
Summey joins the program as assistant coach, while Darden has been named director of basketball operations.
“These two men are exemplary leaders of men and simply put, exude character. Campbell Basketball will be better because of them,” said McGeehan.
Darden joins the Fighting Camels staff after spending two seasons as head coach at Freedom Christian Academy in Fayetteville. Prior to that, Darden served as head coach at Village Christian Academy since 2010. During that time, he led Village Christian to back-to-back North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association 2A state titles in 2016 and 2017.
In over a dozen high school seasons, Darden led his teams to a 243-83 record, and a pair of state runner-up finishes in addition to the two state championships.
Originally from Fayetteville, Darden played at Seventy-First Senior High. He then went on to join the Camels and played for Billy Lee before transferring to Pfeiffer University, where he played for legendary coach Dave Davis.
“I’m very thankful for the opportunity that Coach McGeehan has given me to be a part of the staff,” said Darden. “It’s great to be back in the Creek (Buies Creek) and I’m looking forward to the upcoming season.”
He graduated from Pfeiffer in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in communications studies and was commissioned into the United States Air Force.
As an active-duty officer, Darden continued his basketball journey by playing for the All-Air Force team from 2005-2008. His teams won the Armed Forces Championship in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
He later served as an assistant coach of the 2011 All-Air Force team that also won the Armed Forces Championship.
“Kurtis has been an excellent high school coach in the area during my entire tenure here in Buies Creek,” said McGeehan. “He has built many authentic relationships with fellow coaches and players alike. Those qualities along with being highly organized and motivated will allow him to be an incredible asset as Director of Operations.”
An N.C. State graduate, Summey arrives in Buies Creek after serving the last two years as assistant coach at his alma mater.
In his 23-year career, Summey has coached in the Atlantic Coast as well as the Mid-American, Northeast, Atlantic Sun and Southern conferences.
Summey and Darden join a program that over the last six years has collected 105 victories and three postseason berths — both tops in Campbell’s Division I era, which stretches to the 1977 campaign. During that span, the Camels have claimed three Big South trophies.