Published on November 20, 2023  
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During John Brady’s tenure as head coach, Samford basketball was simply known as Brady Ball. Today, as the men’s program enters a new season as the defending Southern Conference champions, it’s all about Bucky Ball, inspired by head coach Bucky McMillan.

The two men came together this fall to reflect on the history of the men’s basketball program and look to the future and the important role the new Campus Recreation, Wellness and Athletic Complex will serve. Designed to be a space where student-athletes and the general student body intersect, the complex will present new opportunities for all students to gather as a community and engage in enriching activities like never before.

“This facility just enhances the opportunity for student-athletes to identify and connect with students.” – John Brady, former head coach (1991-97), men’s basketball

By making an investment in this new complex, you impact the health and wellness of Samford students for years to come. Your support is vital as we seek to live out the Samford mission to nurture students in the development of their personhood, addressing their mental, physical and spiritual needs.

All gifts of $2,500 or more will be recognized in the new complex with numerous naming opportunities starting at $10,000. For more information, contact Bo Kerr at

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Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.