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Mar 30 17 8:04 AM
Dane Fife is in his sixth season as an assistant coach at Michigan State, working closely with the Spartan perimeter players.
Last season, Fife helped guide Denzel Valentine to National Player of the Year honors, while Bryn Forbes earned Second-Team All-Big Ten honors. Valentine was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the lottery of the 2016 NBA Draft, while Forbes signed a free-agent contract with the San Antonio Spurs. On the court, MSU led the nation in assists per game (20.5), while setting school single-season records for assists (719) and made 3-pointers (321).
One year earlier, Travis Trice and Valentine earned All-Big Ten honors. In 2013-14, Gary Harris earned First-Team All-Big Ten honors and was selected in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft, one season after becoming the first Spartan to ever be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Keith Appling and Valentine were honorable mention honorees in 2014. For Appling, who entered MSU as a shooting guard, he earned All-Big Ten honors three straight seasons after developing as a point guard.
Fife also brings the defensive intensity he possessed as a player to his role as a coach, as the Spartans have held opponents below a .400 field-goal percentage in each of the last five years, including ranking second nationally in both 2015-16 (.382) and in 2011-12 (.379), marking the best effort by MSU since 1959. He is also instrumental in MSU’s scouting and recruiting efforts. A May 2014 article by Jeff Goodman and Jay Bilas at ESPN.com listed Fife among the top head coaching candidates in the nation.
Prior to his arrival in East Lansing, he spent six seasons as head coach at IPFW. In each of his six seasons, IPFW tied or broke its record for wins at the Division I level, as Fife guided the Mastodons from Independent status to membership in the Summit League. He posted an 82-97 record, including a 34-27 mark over the last two seasons, and a four-year mark of 37-35 in conference. In his final season of 2010-11, IPFW finished with an 18-12 record, including an 11-7 record in the Summit League and secured the No. 4 seed in the Summit League Tournament, the program’s highest seed ever in four years of conference membership.
A 2002 graduate of Indiana University, Fife led the Hoosiers to the 2002 National Title game and a share of the regular-season Big Ten Championship. Individually, he was named co-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. He is the Indiana career leader with 180 steals over the course of his four-year career (1998-2002), while the 53 he recorded as a senior rank tied for the eighth-best single-season mark at IU. With 99 career 3-pointers, he ranks among the top 20 in school history, while his .478 3-point field-goal percentage in 2001-02 ranks sixth on IU’s single-season chart. The 37 games he started as a senior established the Indiana single-season mark, while the 131 games in which he played over the course of his career rank tied for sixth all-time at IU.
In 2005, Fife was named head coach at IPFW, becoming the youngest head coach in Division I basketball at just 25 years old. He held that distinction for five seasons. In his first season, Fife took over a program that had never posted double-digit wins and won 10 games, improving on that total every subsequent season. The 2007-08 season was IPFW’s first as a member of the Summit League, as the Mastodons finished their first league slate at 9-9 and secured the school’s first-ever conference tournament bid, and win (66-62 vs. Southern Utah). In 2008-09, Fife coached forward Deilvez Yearby, the 2009 Summit League Sixth Man of the Year. As a team, the Mastodons also had signature wins, topping two-time defending league champion Oral Roberts and handing Valparaiso its worst home defeat in 11 years (63-46). Fife’s 2009-10 squad became the first Mastodon team to produce a winning season (16-15). IPFW was 9-9 in league play, and advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament. Fife mentored three all-conference performers, including Jaraun Burrows (2008, 2nd Team), Deilvez Yearby (2010, 2nd Team) and Ben Botts (2011, 2nd Team).
Prior to becoming head coach at IPFW, Fife was a member of Mike Davis’ staff for two years at Indiana, serving as an administrative assistant.
Fife was the Gary Steelheads’ first round pick in the 2002 CBA Draft and started five of the 34 games in which he played, averaging 3.4 points.
A 1998 graduate of Clarkston (Mich.) High School, Fife was the recipient of the Hal Schram Mr. Basketball Award in 1998. He was also a McDonald’s and Parade All-America selection, while playing for his father Dan.
He owns two degrees from Indiana, earning a bachelor’s degree in recreation (2002) and a master’s degree in athletic administration (2005). His family includes his wife Blair and daughters Quinnly and Reagan.
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Mar 30 17 8:34 AM
Coach Shulman joined Eastern Florida in 2010 and has revitalized the program, winning 118 games in his five-year tenure, including 79 games in the last three seasons (26 in 2012-13, 24 in 2013-14 and 29 in 2014-15, tying the school record). He won 21 games in 2011-2012 and 18 games in 2010-2011, the most since 2000.
The 2014-15 Titans won their third consecutive Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference Championship, and in 2012-13 and 2014-15 advanced to the championship game of the NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA tournament, losing both times to the eventual national champion, the College of Central Florida in 2013 and Northwest Florida in 2015. The Titans have advanced to the region tournament in four of Shulman’s five seasons and in 2015 advanced to the NJCAA Men’s Division I National Championship tournament for the first time since 2000. They finished the season ranked sixth nationally.
The 2014-15 Titans produced eight All-Southern Conference players with four - sophomores Kyle Meyer, Payton Hulsey and Demetrius McReynolds and freshman Djordje Beronja - receiving first-team honors. Named to the second team was sophomore Jermohn Queen. Receiving honorable mention were freshmen Daishon Smith and Marcus Barham and sophomore Landus Anderson.
Shulman was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year in 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15. Sophomores Addison Spruill, Torrance Rowe and Meyer received Conference Player of the Year honors in 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 respectively. Meyer also was an all-state honoree. Nineteen players in Shulman’s previous three years have moved on to play Division I college basketball.
In 2013-14, the Titans won 24 games, and their second consecutive Southern Conference Championship, advancing to the FCSAA State Tournament for the third time in four seasons. It was also the Titans first back-to-back state appearances in 30 years. Seven players earned All-Conference honors, and three received First-Team All-Conference recognition: Torrance Rowe, Demetrius McReynolds, and Mike Kirkland. Rowe was named Conference Player of the Year.
In 2012-13, the Titans won 26 games, and their first Southern Conference Championship in 13 years. The Titans advanced to the state championship game, losing to the eventual national champion, College of Central Florida, by five points. Six players received All-Conference honors, with Addison Spruill, Nyles Evans, Gary Gaskins, and Jure Gunjina each being named to First Team All-Conference. Spruill was named Conference Player of the Year.
In 2011-2012 the Titans won 21 games, the most since 2000. All eight of Shulman's sophomores from his first recruiting class graduated with degrees, with six receiving NCAA Division I scholarships. Shulman recruited and developed five All-Conference players in his second year: D'Montre Edwards, Cameron Solomon, Ellis Young, Addison Spruill and Nyles Evans.
Shulman's first year also was successful. The Titans won 18 games and qualified for the FCCAA state tournament by winning the Southern Conference Tournament championship. The state tournament appearance was the team's first in 11 years. Shulman had four All-Conference players in his first year: D'Montre Edwards, Ralph Williams, Louis Adams and Isaac Lang.
Turning around programs is nothing new for Coach Shulman. With more than a decade's worth of experience as a highly motivated and respected AAU coach, Shulman also was instrumental in the resurgence of East Mississippi Community College. Capped by that program's first NJCAA Tournament appearance and first-ever MACJC North Division regular-season title, Shulman played a major role in EMCC's recent three-year composite record of 55-32. Following steady improvement in overall records of 11-14 in 2007-08 to 17-11 a year later, the East Mississippi men's basketball program continued its emergence onto the national scene with a history-making 27-7 campaign in 2009. On the heels of semifinal-round state and regional tournament showings the year prior, the 2009-10 Lions punched the school's first-ever ticket to the men's national tournament in Kansas by capturing the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament title.
Shulman arrived on the EMCC campus in 2007 in the midst of a successful affiliation as head basketball coach and program director of the Tennessee-based Midstate Ballerz AAU basketball club. During the past 12 years, the Ballerz program, under Shulman's direction, collected three national top-12 finishes, including a national fourth-place effort in 2005, and three state championships. Shulman posted 415 wins during his stretch as head coach and helped compile more than 800 victories for the program overall, including a program-record 43 wins in 2007.
The Ballerz AAU program has produced 60 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I scholarship players and 126 players who have received college basketball scholarships. Among those standout collegiate players groomed by Shulman in the Ballerz program have been 2010 NBA draft pick Jarvis Varnado of Mississippi State as well as former MSU standout Barry Stewart. More recently, 2007-08 McDonald's All-American Scotty Hopson is a junior at the University of Tennessee and is joined on the Vols' roster by Ballerz alum Skylar McBee. Other former Midstate Ballerz standouts who are either currently competing or have recently competed for NCAA Division I programs include Reginald Delk (Louisville), Richard Delk (Troy), Courtney Pigram (East Tennessee State), Nicchaeus Doaks (Chattanooga), Tyshwan Edmunson (St. John's), Tyrone Caldwell (Austin Peay), Xavier Hansbro (Georgia State), and Nathan Parker (Wofford).
A native of Nashville, Tenn., Shulman earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice with a double minor in athletic coaching and psychology from Middle Tennessee State University in 2003. He played high school basketball at Nashville's University School.
Mar 30 17 8:46 AM
In 2011, Tom Ostrom joined the Flyer staff as an assistant coach after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Arkansas.“We are really excited and fortunate to have Tom become a part of our program,” Miller said. “There are very few people in this business who combine his level of experience, talent as a recruiter, and unmatched work ethic. Tom is going to add tremendous value to our program. He is someone our players will relate to and he will be invaluable in their total development.”“I’m honored to be able work here at the University of Dayton, a place known across the country for its great tradition, fan base, and support,” Ostrom said. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to join coach Miller and be a part of such a talented and energetic staff.”Ostrom spent four seasons at Arkansas on John Pelphrey’s staff. The Razorbacks were 69-59 in those years with one NCAA appearance. Ostrom played a key role in recruiting the seventh-rated class in the country to Fayetteville this season.Ostrom also was Pelphrey’s right-hand man in the three seasons before coaching at Arkansas. Ostrom was with Pelphrey at South Alabama from 2004-2007. USA played in the NCAA and NIT after enjoying the largest turnaround in college basketball in 2006, going from 10 wins in 2004-05 to 24 wins and the Sun Belt title in 2005-06.Prior to joining Pelphrey’s staff at USA, Ostrom spent seven seasons under Billy Donovan at Florida, the first five as administrative assistant/video coordinator (1998-2002) and the final two as an assistant coach (2003-04). While he was at Florida, the Gators played in the NCAA Tournament the last six years, advanced to the Sweet 16 twice and reached the NCAA championship game in 2000.A 1997 University of Minnesota graduate with a degree in Sports Management and Human Development, Ostrom worked in the Golden Gopher men’s basketball program as an undergrad while Clem Haskins was there. He prepped at Bethlehem Academy in Faribault, Minn.
Mar 30 17 8:53 AM
Mark Prosser is in his fifth season on staff with the men's basketball program and was promoted to men's basketball associate head coach on Sept. 1, 2013. Prosser is the son of the late Skip Prosser who coached Kelsey at Xavier and later served as his mentor at Wake Forest, was the head coach at Brevard College this past year following two different stints as an assistant coach at Wofford College totaling four years and five years at Bucknell University. “Mark has been an integral part of two 'magical' basketball eras at both Bucknell University and Wofford College. He helped both programs to multiple NCAA tournament appearances including back to back years at Bucknell in which they advanced beyond the first round,” said Kelsey. “His basketball pedigree under two phenomenal head coaches (former Bucknell head coach Pat Flannery and Wofford head coach Mike Young) and as the son of the late Skip Prosser speaks for itself. His name says 'integrity' in this business. His experience as a head coach at the collegiate level will be invaluable as well. Most importantly, Mark embodies the Winthrop Way which focuses on the overall development of our players on and off the court. He is a phenomenal person, teacher and coach. I recruited Mark very hard to join me at Winthrop. I am extremely lucky to have him.” “I am truly honored to have the opportunity to come to Winthrop University, an institution that carries such a tremendous reputation on and off the hardwood,” said Prosser. “I am excited to have the chance to work for Pat Kelsey. There is no one in this business that I admire more professionally, but more so, personally. I am equally excited to help Coach Kelsey continue and further the great tradition that has already been instilled in Rock Hill. My family and I look forward to joining the Winthrop community and Rocking the Hill.” At Wofford, the Terriers repeated as Southern Conference Champions in 2010-11 and reached the NCAA Tournament. The team was first in the SOCON in assists and also first in assist/turnover margin on the way to a 21-13 record. Wofford also was eighth in the nation in three-point percentage and twelfth in overall field goal percentage. During his first season in Spartanburg in 2008, the Terriers set a school record with twelve Southern Conference wins. In addition, the team posted the first winning overall record since moving to NCAA Division I. In the 2009-2010 season, Prosser helped Wofford reach a school-record 26 wins along with the Southern Conference Championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Working primarily with the guards, Wofford was second in the conference in turnover margin and assist/turnover ratio, plus ranked third in steals. At Bucknell, the team averaged 20 wins a season while Prosser was on the coaching staff of Pat Flannery. In the 2004-05 season, the Bison reached the NCAA Tournament after going 23-10 and winning the Patriot League title. In the tournament, Bucknell upset Kansas in the first round. In 2005-06, the Bison went undefeated in Patriot League play, the first team to do so in conference history. The team was ranked in the top 25 for the first time in school history and featured Patriot League Player of the Year Charles Lee. For the NCAA Tournament, the Bison were seeded 9th and defeated Arkansas in the first round. In the second round they were defeated by Memphis to end the season at 27-5, the best record in school history. For the 2002-03 season, he served as an assistant coach for the Terriers in Mike Young’s first season as head coach. During that season, Wofford posted a 14-15 overall record, including a 79-77 win at Virginia Tech. In the Southern Conference, the Terriers were 8-8 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the conference tournament. A native of Wheeling, WV, Prosser played collegiately at Marist College before a knee injury ended his career. He served as a student assistant coach until his graduation in 2002. He and his wife Emily are the parents of a daughter, Ava Grayce and son, Declan.
Mar 30 17 8:55 AM
Since arriving in Harrogate, Tennessee as the 17th head coach of the Lincoln Memorial University Men’s Basketball program in 2008, Josh Schertz has engineered one of the more remarkable turnarounds in all of college basketball. In his eight seasons on the sideline, Schertz has led the Railsplitters to a 204-47 record (81.3 percent), five South Atlantic Conference regular-season titles and three South Atlantic Conference tournament championships. He has led LMU to seven-straight 20-win seasons, six-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and 24 postseason wins. Under his leadership, LMU owns the top four single-season marks in school and league history in both wins and winning percentage, and in 2015-16 he became the only coach in league history to guide his team to the National Championship game. Schertz, a three-time National Coach of the Year and four-time South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year (2011, 2014, 2015, 2016), has posted a remarkable 170-24 record over the last six seasons, during which time his teams have rewritten the school and conference record books. Among the benchmarks they set are single-season wins (34), consecutive wins (24), conference wins in a season (22), consecutive conference wins (29), consecutive conference road wins (25) and most wins over a four-year period (117). The Railsplitters have also established themselves on the national stage as they enter the 2016-17 season with a current South Atlantic Conference record 90-straight weeks ranked in the national poll, which is the second-longest such run in the history of Division II men's basketball. Schertz's teams have also been ranked No. 1 nationally on five separate occasions since 2012. The 20-win seasons, SAC regular season and tournament championships, as well as the postseason wins, national ranking and NCAA Tournament appearances are all first-time occurrences for the Lincoln Memorial men’s basketball program. In the five seasons prior to his arrival, Lincoln Memorial had won 39 games total and posted just seven winning seasons all-time at the NCAA level. Schertz's dedication to excellence in every area of the program has resulted not just in unparalleled success for his teams, but for individual players as well. His commitment to player development has helped lead to 28 All-Conference selections over the last eight years, including four All-Americans and seven first team All-Region selections. Three different Railsplitters have been named Conference Player of the Year, while seven players were members of the All-Freshman team. Just as impressively, 10 LMU players have gone on to play basketball at the professional level over the last six years. In the classroom, the numbers are just as astounding, as the focus on academics by Schertz and his staff has led to the seven highest semester GPAs in program history. Since taking over, Schertz has seen 25 of the 26 seniors who have completed their eligibility at LMU graduate. Along with the ten who have signed to play professional basketball, eight of his Railsplitters have received or are currently pursuing their masters degrees. This past season was one for the annals, as the Railsplitters broke almost every record imaginable on their way to the National Championship game. Not only did they become the first team in SAC history men's or women's to run the table in league play (22-0), but LMU also set single-season benchmarks for wins (34), consecutive wins (24), points (96.2ppg) and three-pointers made (412). Schertz, a six-time finalist for the Clarence Gaines Award that is presented to the Division II National Coach of the Year (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), was named Division II National Coach of the Year by the Hoop Group as well as being the recipient of the Clarence Gaines Award. The Railsplitters rolled to the SAC regular-season and tournament titles while finishing No. 1 nationally in the final poll and securing the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second-consecutive year. LMU accomplished this against one of the most difficult schedules in the country, posting an 8-2 mark against nationally-ranked opponents in 2015-16. Despite the loss of their two leading scorers from the previous season, including consensus first team All-American Vincent Bailey, the Railsplitters reloaded accordingly in 2014-15, becoming the first team in the history of the South Atlantic Conference to win three-consecutive regular-season titles after posting a 30-3 mark. Included was a 21-1 conference record and the third-longest winning streak in school and league history after ripping off 20-straight wins to open the season. The Railsplitters were ranked No. 1 nationally and were awarded the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. For his efforts Schertz was named the South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year for a third time. After a historic 2013-14 campaign, Schertz was named the 2014 Red Auerbach College Coach of the Year. Despite losing four starters from the previous year’s championship team, the Railsplitters set then school and conference records for wins in a season (28) and winning percentage (90.3). The Railsplitters won both the South Atlantic Conference regular season and tournament titles while making its fourth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and its third-consecutive trip to the Southeast Regional semifinals. The Railsplitters finished the year ranked No. 6 nationally in the final rankings. Lincoln Memorial's run to the South Atlantic Conference regular-season championship in 2012-13 was quite an accomplishment after losing two first team All-Conference selections and three starters from LMU's 26-6 team of 2011-12. In 2012-13, LMU won its third South Atlantic Conference title in the last three seasons and appeared in the conference tournament championship game for the second time in three years. In 2012-13, LMU advanced to its third-consecutive NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Southeast Regional semifinals for the second-consecutive year. Additionally, LMU was nationally ranked all 15 weeks of the regular season for the second-straight year. In 2011-12, Lincoln Memorial graduated its top two players but didn't miss a beat as they became the first team in South Atlantic Conference history to be ranked No. 1 nationally. Lincoln Memorial went 14-4 in conference play, earned its second-straight NCAA Tournament bid and won its first NCAA Tournament game, advancing to the regional semifinals with a win over King University. In 2010-11, LMU had a record setting season, going 27-3 and ripping off a then school and conference record 22-game winning streak. LMU also won its first-ever South Atlantic Conference regular season and tournament championships and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. For his efforts, Schertz was named South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year and was a finalist for Division II National Coach of the Year. On December 7, 2010, Lincoln Memorial broke into the NABC/Division II national polls for the first time in school history. In 2009-10, Lincoln Memorial posted its first 20-win season at the Division II level and recorded its first ever postseason win. Lincoln Memorial was also regionally ranked for the first time during the 2009-10 season. In his inaugural season at Lincoln Memorial (2008-09), Schertz guided the Railsplitters to a 14-14 record, including an 8-8 mark in conference play. It was the most overall wins for an LMU squad since 2002-03, while the eight South Atlantic Conference wins was a school record at the time. Prior to his arrival in Harrogate, Schertz spent 10 seasons as an assistant/associate head coach at four different institutions. He was the Associate Head Coach at High Point University for five seasons, during which time the Panthers went 87-66 and set school records for wins, conference wins, road wins, and highest RPI ranking. During his tenure as recruiting coordinator, two players, Danny Gathings (2004) and Arizona Reid (2007, 2008) earned Big South Player of the Year honors a total of three times. While at High Point, Schertz signed some of the best players in school history, including 2,000 point scorers Arizona Reid and Nick Barbour along with all-time assist leader Mike Jefferson and all-time shot block leader Cruz Daniels. Schertz came to High Point from Queens University (N.C.), where he spent two seasons as the associate head coach. The Royals went 49-14 during that time, including a school record 29 wins in 2002-03, when they advanced to the Final Four for the only time in school history. While in Charlotte, Schertz landed Spencer Ross, who was named 2004 National Division II Player of the Year along with All-American big man Moustapha Diouf. Before joining Queens, Schertz spent two years at Lynn University (Fla.), serving as the Knights recruiting coordinator. While at Lynn, the Fighting Knights went 37-18, but the five-man recruiting class he signed in 2001 became his lasting legacy, as they went on to lead Lynn to a school record 29 wins and a Final Four appearance in 2005. While at Lynn, Schertz signed two players named Sunshine State Conference Freshman of the Year as well as four players who earned All-Conference honors. Schertz began his career as an assistant coach at his alma mater Florida Atlantic University, where he spent one season working under Kevin Billerman. Schertz, a 2000 graduate of Florida Atlantic University, also has a masters degree in education from Lynn University. He is married to the former Natalia Ceballos and is blessed with two children, Jordan and Jaden. They reside in Harrogate.
Mar 30 17 8:57 AM
If got the job, he might bring this assistant:
A product of nearby Johnson City, Tenn., Omar Wattad is entering his second season as the assistant coach of the Lincoln Memorial University men’s basketball program. It marks Wattad’s third season with the Railsplitters, as he joined the staff as a graduate assistant in 2014-15 following professional stints in the Republic of Georgia as well as Israel. The 2014-15 season – Wattad’s first on staff – was a banner year for the Railsplitters, who went 30-3, captured the South Atlantic Conference regular-season title and hosted the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional at Tex Turner Arena for the first time in program history. That season, Wattad coached four All-SAC players, including SAC Player of the Year Lorenzo Ross. Ross and teammate Luquon Choice went on to garner All-Southeast Region laurels as well. In Wattad’s first season as a full-time assistant coach, the 2015-16 Railsplitters turned in the most successful season for a men’s basketball program in the 25-year history of the South Atlantic Conference. That year saw Lincoln Memorial rack up a program-record 34 wins, win a fourth-straight SAC regular-season title and nab the program’s third SAC tournament championship. The Railsplitters would eventually win the Southeast Region title – the first in program history – to advance to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in Frisco, Texas. That run wouldn’t stop there, as the Railsplitters won two more games to earn a spot in the National Championship game, becoming the first men’s basketball team to accomplish that feat in SAC history. The Railsplitters would finish the season ranked No. 1 in the nation. All told, in Wattad’s two-year tenure, the Railsplitters have compiled a 64-6 record, won two SAC regular-season titles, amassed a nearly perfect 43-1 SAC record and hosted back-to-back Southeast Region tournaments. Prior to his professional tenure, Wattad graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. At the time of his graduation, Wattad ranked fourth all-time at UTC for career three-point field goals, fifth in three-point field goal attempts and 30th in scoring in the program’s D-I era. Wattad compiled 820 points, 230 boards and 119 assists in two seasons with the Mocs, earning All-Southern Conference laurels both years. Wattad transferred to Tennessee-Chattanooga after spending two years as a reserve guard for Georgetown (Washington, D.C.). Upon his graduation from UTC, Wattad signed a professional contract with Energy Invest Rustavi Basketball Club in the Georgian Super League. He also spent a season with the Hapoel Holon Basketball Club in the Israeli Winner League. Wattad play prep basketball at Science Hill High School, where he left as the program's all-time leading scorer with 2,285 points. He was a two-time all-state selection as well as a two-time region MVP.On November 2, 2015, Wattad was inducted into the Science Hill High School Hall of Fame. Born in Shreveport, La., Wattad earned a Master Degree in Conflict Resolution at Lincoln Memorial University. He is the son of Ahmad, a pediatric nephrologist, and Sueher Wattad, a former school teacher. He has two older brothers: Nizar and Bader Wattad.
Mar 30 17 11:08 PM
Mar 31 17 10:08 AM
Cliff Warren was named assistant coach by head coach Mark Turgeon on May 20, 2014. In each of his two seasons with the Terps, Warren led Maryland to the NCAA Tournament. Last season, Warren and the Terps made the program’s first Sweet 16 appearance since 2003.
A collegiate coach for more than two decades, Warren originally joined the Terps as the director of basketball operations in April, 2014 before Turgeon promoted him to assistant coach. Prior to joining Maryland, Warren spent the previous nine seasons as head coach at Jacksonville University.
“Cliff has been an outstanding addition to our staff,” Turgeon said. “He has made a seamless transition into our program and will continue to be a valuable asset with his strong ties to our region and his head coaching experience at the Division I level. Throughout his career, Cliff has been recognized and well-respected for his knowledge of the game, his recruiting ability and his development of players on and off the court.”
Warren has made an immediate impact in College Park over his first two seasons. The Terps have combined to win 55 games – adding up to the second-most wins during a two-year span in program history. Warren has coached in the ACC, Atlantic Sun, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and the Northeast Conference. With his past experience, Warren played an integral role in Maryland’s transition into the Big Ten Conference. Under Warren’s leadership, the Terps thrived in their first two seasons as members of the Big Ten Conference, earning a pair of top-3 finishes and compiling a 26-10 (.722) overall conference record.
In 2015-16, Warren was instrumental in developing five All-Big Ten performers, including guard Melo Trimble (Second Team All-Big Ten) who was also named to the Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America Team. Center Diamond Stone was a Third Team All-Big Ten selection and was named Associated Press Big Ten Newcomer of the Year. Forwards Jake Layman and Robert Carter, Jr., as well as guard Rasheed Sulaimon each earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honors.
At Jacksonville University, Warren accounted for 126 wins – a program coaching record – and led the Dolphins to a pair of Atlantic Sun Championships in 2009 and 2010. He was also named Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year after the 2009 season.
A native of Silver Spring, Md., Warren spent five seasons as an assistant to Paul Hewitt at Georgia Tech, where he helped lead the Yellow Jackets to 96 wins and three NCAA Tournament appearances – including the school’s first-ever trip to the NCAA National Championship game in 2004.
Prior to joining the Tech staff, Warren spent three years (1998-2000) as an assistant at Siena College under Hewitt, where he helped lead the Saints to a 66- 27 record, two postseason berths and three straight appearances in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament finals.
In 1999, Siena won the MAAC Tournament title and made its first NCAA Tournament visit in 10 years, while ranking third in the nation in scoring with 86.6 points per game.
The Saints followed that by winning the 2000 MAAC regular-season championship and advancing to the second round of the NIT, while once again finishing as the third-highest scoring team in the country (86.7 ppg).Warren's work at Siena was recognized by Eastern Basketball magazine, naming him one of the top recruiters at a mid-major program.
Warren started his career as an assistant at his alma mater, Mount St. Mary's, under the legendary Jim Phelan.
In 1995, Warren helped lead the Mountaineers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance after winning the Northeast Conference Tournament. He followed that with an NIT appearance in 1996 after Mount St. Mary's won the Northeast Conference regular season championship.
Warren was a two-year starter for the Mountaineers, where he finished his career ranked in the top five in assists and top 50 in scoring in the school record book. As a senior in 1989-90, he averaged 10.4 points and 5.0 assists per game, while leading The Mount to its first winning season in Division I (16-12).
Warren began his career at his alma mater, Mount St. Mary’s, and helped guide the Mountaineers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1995. He graduated from Mount St. Mary’s in 1990.
Warren earned his bachelor of science in business finance from Mount St. Mary's in 1990 and then worked as a graduate assistant coach and earned a master of business administration in 1993.
Before returning to Mount St. Mary's as an assistant coach in 1994,Warren played professionally for the Frederick Flyers of the Atlantic Basketball Association. Midway through the season, he was named assistant coach. He worked as an intern for the NBA's Washington Wizards in 1993-94.
During the summer of 2016, Warren was selected as one of four college coaches to participate in the NBA’s Detroit Pistons free agent minicamp. The camp allowed Warren to participate in practice sessions and to spend time with coaches and management to gain insight into their overall evaluation process.
In 2011, Warren served as an assistant coach on the USA Basketball U-19 team.
Warren is married to the former Jennifer Love, and the couple has one child, Jon Clifford (J.C.) II.
Mar 31 17 10:09 AM
In just two years at the helm at Tennessee State University, Dana Ford has transformed the Tigers from a team at the bottom of the Ohio Valley Conference standings to a 20-win team that returned to postseason play for the first time since 2013. The 2016-17 season will mark Ford's third season as TSU's Head Coach.
At 32 years old, Ford is the youngest permanent Division I head men’s basketball coach in the nation (George Washington's Interim Head Coach Maurice Joseph is younger). After posting a 5-26 record in his first year in 2014-15, Ford orchestrated one of the biggest turnarounds in NCAA history with a 20-11 record in 2015-16, culminating with a berth in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.
Ford’s efforts did not go unnoticed as he earned OVC Coach of the Year, NABC District 19 Coach of the Year, BOXTOROW Coach of the Year and the Ben Jobe Award, given to the nation’s top Division I minority coach.
In the summer of 2016, Ford signed a contract extension with Tennessee State through the 2020-21 season.
During the 2015-16 season, Ford guided Tahjere McCall to OVC Defensive Player of the Year Accolades as well as First Team All-OVC, OVC All-Newcomer Team, NABC Second Team All-District 19 and BOXTOROW Second Team All-America honors. Keron DeShields also earned a spot on the All-OVC First Team and All-Newcomer Team in addition to NABC First Team All-District 19 and BOXTOROW First Team All-America accolades.
Tennessee State introduced Ford as its 17th men’s basketball head coach at a press conference on April 21, 2014. It is Ford’s second stint at TSU after serving as an assistant under former TSU coach John Cooper for two seasons from 2009-2011.
As an assistant for TSU, Ford was instrumental in recruiting talented classes for the Tigers including players who went on to have professional careers in Robert Covington, Patrick Miller and Kellen Thornton.
After his success with the Tigers, Ford became an assistant at Wichita State in 2011-12, helping head coach Gregg Marshall guide an NCAA Tournament team to a final Associated Press ranking of No. 18. The Shockers were 27-6 overall and claimed the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship.
Ford then joined the coaching staff at his alma mater, Illinois State, for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, where he assisted in the Redbirds’ 36-31 mark that included an appearance in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) semifinals. He was ISU’s recruiting coordinator and managed players’ academic progress along with his coaching duties.
Before his first stint at TSU, Ford served as an assistant coach at Chipola Junior College (Fla.). While there, he helped lead Chipola to an impressive 35-2 overall record, its sixth-consecutive Panhandle Conference Championship with a 12-0 record, its fifth FCCAA State Championship in 10 years and a third-place finish at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Tournament.
Prior to Chipola, Ford served two years as a graduate assistant under Marshall at Wichita State and Winthrop. While at Winthrop, the Eagles captured their first NCAA Tournament win, defeating Notre Dame and finishing the season ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press and USA Today Top-25 polls.
Ford graduated from Illinois State in 2006, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in politics and government, following a four-year playing career with the Redbirds. While at ISU, he was a four-year letterwinner from 2002-06 and was voted the squad’s Defensive Player of the Year after being ranked in the Missouri Valley Conference top 10 in both steals and blocks.
Ford is a native of Tamms, Ill., and is a member of the NABC and BCA. He is married to Christina Ford and the couple has two sons Carson and Cameron and a daughter named Charlie Rose.
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On April 28, 2015, ETSU men’s basketball head coach Steve Forbes added former Columbia State head coach Brian Collins to the Buccaneers’ bench.
Collins, a 2006 graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, enjoyed a three-year stop at Columbia State, leading the Chargers to the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association regional championship game in his final two seasons and winning the 2014-2015 tournament title. In his final two years at Columbia State, Collins’ teams compiled a 54-11 overall record and the team made back-to-back appearances in the National Junior College Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Multiple Columbia State players have been highly recruited by NCAA Division I, II and III level basketball teams. This season, Collins coached two NJCAA All Americans. Three of his players have signed with NCAA Division I schools with at least three more having a good chance of following suit.
Collins, a star player for the Belmont University Bruins from 2002-06, was a finalist for the Tennessee State University head coaching job in 2014.
Collins was a sixth round draft pick in the National Basketball Developmental League, playing the 2006-2007 season for Finland’s Kouvot Bears. As a college player for the Bruins, Collins scored over 1,000 points and left Belmont as the all-time leader in assists and steals during the Division I era and served as team captain for both his junior and senior years.
After a year of professional basketball in Finland, Collins returned to the U.S. to earn his Master of Education from Tennessee State University, graduating in 2009. During his graduate school years, Collins served as the graduate assistant/director of basketball operations for the TSU Tigers. Before coming to Columbia State, he worked three seasons as an assistant coach at Cumberland University in Lebanon.
Collins is married to Lakeya Collins and they have one son, History Collins.
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On April 28, 2015, ETSU men’s basketball head coach Steve Forbes added former Columbia State head coach Brian Collins to the Buccaneers’ bench.Collins, a 2006 graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, enjoyed a three-year stop at Columbia State, leading the Chargers to the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association regional championship game in his final two seasons and winning the 2014-2015 tournament title. In his final two years at Columbia State, Collins’ teams compiled a 54-11 overall record and the team made back-to-back appearances in the National Junior College Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.Multiple Columbia State players have been highly recruited by NCAA Division I, II and III level basketball teams. This season, Collins coached two NJCAA All Americans. Three of his players have signed with NCAA Division I schools with at least three more having a good chance of following suit. Collins, a star player for the Belmont University Bruins from 2002-06, was a finalist for the Tennessee State University head coaching job in 2014.Collins was a sixth round draft pick in the National Basketball Developmental League, playing the 2006-2007 season for Finland’s Kouvot Bears. As a college player for the Bruins, Collins scored over 1,000 points and left Belmont as the all-time leader in assists and steals during the Division I era and served as team captain for both his junior and senior years.After a year of professional basketball in Finland, Collins returned to the U.S. to earn his Master of Education from Tennessee State University, graduating in 2009. During his graduate school years, Collins served as the graduate assistant/director of basketball operations for the TSU Tigers. Before coming to Columbia State, he worked three seasons as an assistant coach at Cumberland University in Lebanon.Collins is married to Lakeya Collins and they have one son, History Collins.http://www.etsubucs.com/athletics/staff/7644/brian-collins/
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wbmullins wrote:Longtimemocfan, you may be on to something with Coach Ford. It seems like he is well thought of not only on the court in Nashville, but off the court as well. Maybe a good fit for basketball and the city of Chattanooga?http://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/nfl/titans/2014/10/01/three-sports-most-beautiful/16550825/http://ovcsports.com/news/2016/2/10/dana.aspx?path=blog
Apr 2 17 10:05 AM
Interviewed two years ago....betting he is still interested and gets attention again:http://mocnation.yuku.com/topic/1329/Lamont-Parris-interviewed-for-Chattanooga-jobhttp://www.uwbadgers.com/coaches.aspx?rc=269&path=mbball
Interviewed two years ago....betting he is still interested and gets attention again:
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