Kyle Fisher - Coffeyville
In his third year, Fisher continues to learn and grow under the guidance of one of the best in the business, HC Herkelman. The 2014-2015 Ravens finished 26-6 overall. In his first season, they won their third straight Jayhawk East conference title with a perfect 18-0 league mark. The Ravens were ranked #2 in the final NJCAA poll of the season and also reeled off 25 straight wins during the season. Fisher has had four players make the all-conference and all-region teams.
Andrew Bohannon - Collin County
Bohannon is in his second year as assistant coach at Collin County. Prior to coaching at Collin, Andrew was an assistant at A&M Commerce, where he helped win a conference championship, national tournament bid, won over fifty games and ranked in the top 25 multiple times. The former DI assistant at Lamar under Pat Knight got his start at Collin County as a staffer for two years.
Rhett Sheibley - ASA Miami
Rhett Sheibley is entering his second season as an Assistant Coach for ASA College Miami.The former student assistant for Cliff Ellis at Coastal Carolina University worked with Texas Tech Head Coach Chris Beard for two years at Angelo State. While at Angelo State, Sheibley helped the Rams compile a 47-15 record and the school’s first trip to the Division 2 Regional Championship.
Bryen Spriggs – Mineral Area
Spriggs is in his first year as an assistant coach for Mineral Area having previous served at Lincoln Trail where they became one of the top teams in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference. While at Lincoln Trail, he recruited and developed first Team All-Conference performers and Freshman of the Year players. Spriggs also spent two seasons at Slippery Rock where he helped the team break the school record for conference wins and increased wins by three-hundred and seven percent which is the biggest turn around in the country at all levels.
Ian Gibson - Daytona State
The North Florida alum served on Matthew Driscoll’s staff from 2012-2014 as Director of Basketball Operations. But last season at Daytona State, Gibson assisted in capturing the program's third straight Mid-Florida Conference title. Gibson is also a former assistant strength coach (University of South Carolina) and VCU GA during the Rams Final Four run in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
Carlos Pino - Palm Beach State
In his first season he assisted PBSU to a 24-8 record that included a second place finish in the Region 8 Southern Conference and the Southern Conference Tournament championship. Pino was crucial in the development of the Panthers guards as he helped develop All Southern Conference performers Derrick Clayton, Ivan Canete, Gage Ellis and Travis Weatherington.
Nori Johnson - Spartanburg Methodist
The second year Pioneer assistant helped guide the 15-16 team of two years ago to a 26-7 record, Region X championship, and a bid in the NJCAA national tournament last season. The former Bobby Cremins (Georgia Tech) player keeps close to a familiar system now coaching under Bobby’s nephew Jon Cremins.
Shelby Lindley - CSI
In his sophomore campaign Lindley continues to share his wealth of basketball knowledge continuing the strong tradition of coaches and developing players at CSI. With interim head coaching experience (Central Wyoming) he is also equipped with experience at all levels of college basketball and is very well respected in the business. Shelby is an up and coming star in the college basketball world.
Jake Williams - Northwest Florida State
During Williams first year the Raiders finished the 2015-2016 season at 27-6 after winning the Panhandle Conference Championship, Region 8 Tournament Championship, and making an Elite 8 appearance in the NJCAA National Tournament. They did so in large part due to his development of the Front Court which highlighted Will Pfister (FAU) and Moustapha Diagne (Western Kentucky). He also has a ton of high level DI staff experience through NCCU and MTSU.
James Bankhead - Iowa Western
James Bankhead begins his 20th year as an assistant coach for the Reivers. Since joining the staff, the Reivers have built themselves into a nationally recruited and respected program. In nineteen seasons, the Reivers have had some eighty-three players move on to continue their playing careers at four year institutions, including sixty-five of those to NCAA DI programs.
Justin Wright - Pensacola State
With a great understanding of the game, the former first Team All-Panhandle Conference at Pensacola State and preseason All-Conference player at Troy brings the same enthusiasm as a player to the floor as a coach. His great feel for recruiting sets him apart early in his career.
Jamaal Greene - McLennan
Since joining the staff, Greene has helped lead the Highlanders to three second-place finishes and two North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference Championships, including the Highlanders first appearance at the NJCAA National Tournament. In Greene’s five-year tenure, the team has a combined record of 129-31 for an eighty percent winning percentage.
Ward Griffith - Miami Dade
His knowledge of the game makes Ward Griffith an invaluable person at Miami Dade. He lead the Sharks to back to back FCSAA State Tournament appearances by drawing on his own experience as a head assistant at Lambuth (NAIA). He played at DeMatha High School, under legendary coach Morgan Wootten. Afterwards, attended Mississippi State, under Richard Williams and Rick Stansbury. After graduating he joined the staff at South Alabama under John Pelphrey. Coach Pelphrey’s background was a powerful source of knowledge and highly influential on Griffith.
Justin Brown - South Plains
An assistant during the Texans' 2012 National Championship season, which saw the Texans become only the sixth team in NJCAA history to go unbeaten en route to a 36-0 record and the NJCAA national title, he was also instrumental in helping South Plains to the Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) championship in the 2006-07 season
Rory Kuhn - Northwest Florida State
NWFS is just as tough on the bench as on the court. Their second assistant to make this list helped guide them to the National Championship and Elite Eight by coaching, recruiting, and developing POY’s, all-state players, All- Americans, DI talent to Florida State, Arkansas Little Rock Morehead State, South East Louisiana, Oregon, Kansas State, Cincinnati, Texas Tech, Wichita State, Middle Tennessee State, Stephen F. Austin, Cleveland State, and Longwood.
Cole Pittis - Eastern Florida State College
A former Bradly staffer and assistant under Geno Ford, The great communicator has just as great an understanding of post play. The Ohio native also spent time on staff at Akron.
Silas Mills - Salt Lake
Bringing vast collegiate and pro experience, Mills helped the Bruins to a 31-8 overall record capturing the NJCAA National Championship. His primary focus is placed on player development. His ability to relate to the college basketball life makes it easy for him to impact all players. Silas began his collegiate playing career at Utah under the legendary Rick Majerus before transferring to Salt Lake then moving on to Utah State and playing under Larry Eustachy.
Zach Carpenter - John A. Logan
Carpenter worked previously as the director of basketball operations at Tennessee Tech and served as an assistant at Wabash Valley. Now at Logan, having worked under Mark Imhoff for one year and the last four with Kyle Smithpeters, Carpenter is an intricate part of their recent run and receives a ton of adoration for the job he has done preparing his players for the next level.
Adam Blaylock - Panola College
Last season, Blaylock was instrumental in one of the biggest NJCAA turnarounds in the country improving Panola from seven wins in 2014-15 to twenty-four in 2015-16. Three of the schools four DI signees from last season came from Blaylock’s perimeter players. Overall he has successfully placed twenty-two student athletes into four year universities, including DI Iowa State, Charleston Southern, South Dakota, Loyola Marymount, Alabama State, UC Davis, and Oral Roberts.
Brandon Lewis - Butler
Between high school. AAU and JUCO experiences Lewis developed, and Billy Preston (ESPN #13, 2017), Elijah Thomas (Clemson). Mark Vital (Baylor), Isaiah Austin (Baylor), Jamal Branch (Los Angeles D-Fenders), Emmanuel Mudiay (Nuggets), Jordan Mickey (Celtics), and a whole bunch more we dont have the room to mention here. Still, he's not done yet.
Jordan Altman - Garden City
His experiences cover a range of duties, including the rebuilding of a Grays Harbor program that had struggled for some time. There he won more games than their previous four-years combined. He boasted the school’s first All-Western division player and sent five players on to four year schools, while improving the team GPA each year; several athletes earned academic merit scholarships and positions in their student-government. The one time Indiana State GA has also served as video coordinator joining his dad at Oregon in 2010.
Josh Sash - Indian Hills
Plona's first call after taking the head coaching job, the two are reunited after serving together at Providence (where Sash served as video coordinator). Then the Drake GA (under Keno Davis in 2007-08) went 28-5, winning the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament title receiving a fifth seed in the NCAA tourney. More recently at State Fair, Sash went 89-63 in five seasons as an assistant, including a 26-7 record and a national tournament berth.
Jay Cyriac - Hutchinson
From junior college to the NBA, Cyriac brings a wealth of basketball knowledge to the Blue Dragon bench. In his sixth season with the Blue Dragons, the first five seasons have been very productive. HCC has won 142 total games and two Region VI championships. The Dragons advanced to the Elite 8 in 2015 and all the way to the 2016 NJCAA Tournament championship. Known as a top-notch recruiter, he has coached at the junior college and NCAA DI levels as well as served as a scout for the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers.
Brendan Foley - Chipola
Highlighted by the 2013-14 season he lead the Indians to a 26-6 record, a Region VIII championship, a NJCAA Elite Eight, and a top ten ranking climbing to number one. He has developed first team NJCAA All-Americans. Off the court, he has been recognized by the NJCAA for work in the classroom amassing a 3.12 team GPA. Foley’s main job included scouting, recruiting, and on-court development. The Cincinnati manager and Kansas State GA has worked for DI head coaches Bob Huggins, Frank Martin, and Andy Kennedy.
Jeff Mailhot - Odessa
At Midland, he worked recruiting, strength and conditioning, scouting, travel, and provided academic support. The former Howard assistant helped them to the 2010 national championship and a record of 30-2 with the top-ranked defense in the nation. Mailhot has sent thirty-five players to the DI level including NJCAA and NABC National Player of the Year and NCAA First Team All-American Jae Crowder (Celtics).
These Junior College Assistants have a huge impact on their programs while demonstrating success in two year athletics development, coaching, professional and ethical conduct, academic development, recruiting, practice/game planning, management and more.