These are the top young gun assistant coaches from DII and DIII schools in the following Southeast region from: NC, SC, TN, LA, MS, AL, GA, FL. All of these coaches are under thirty-five and some in their first ever full time on-the-floor coaching job. Armed with the support of their colleagues, aptitude, proven success, network, and a clear path, these young guns are off to a quick trigger start in their promising careers.
Paul Davis - Queens University of Charlotte DII
Davis enters his first season at Queens, after two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater Winston-Salem State. Translating his all star ability as a player in points scored and rebounds, the Royals are nationally ranked 9th in scoring offense this year. Individually, they boast the nations third best rebounder. Coincidence?
Quintin Aldridge - Lynchburg DIII
Coming from the prep level, his squads had a combined 48-17 record while winning back-to-back conference championships. He recruited five first-team all-conference players, two first-team all-state players along with one conference player of the year. His passion is unmatched and fueled his desire to work as a student assist on the woman's team while playing at Lynchburg.
Derrick Wall - Catawba DII
Wall joined Catawba following a highly successful stints at the high school and AAU levels. In AAU he won 88% of his games and finished ranked in the top 15 nationally. While in HS he helped lead the team to the District and Regional Championship as well as a state semi-final appearance. He has coached and mentored forty plus players that have gone on to DI and higher.
Tony Jones - UNC Pembroke DII
Three seasons on staff as student assist and GA before being named coach, Jones is a natural fit. He excels at managing operations, coordinating practice plans, drills and recruiting. His on the floor success has shown through managing their club team with a 45-7 (.865) record over the last two seasons, multiple tournament champs. and a No. 1 ranking in the southeast.
Zach Corliss - Lenoir-Rhyne DII
The former young role player for a DII Armstrong State team that earned 23 wins and a national top 25 ranking, continues to help his teams on the court and in the classroom. His passion has translated well through player development. Corliss coached All-Conference and league players, including FOY’s, all while leading multiple players to a 3.0GPA or higher.
Sean Jones - Maryville DIII
Jones has been scratching the basketball coaching itch by helping claim a USA South regular season title in 2016-17 with a 20-7 overall mark while going 9-5 in league play. His development of players helped MC earn the 2017-18 USA South regular season and tournament crowns while accepting the program's 19th NCAA post-season tournament bid.
Jake Brooks - Piedmont DIII
Brooks helped guide the program to two of their highest win totals. With primary responsibilities managing practices, running drills and individual skill teaching, he also prepares scouting reports and all areas of recruiting. Off the court, Brooks serves social media while monitoring student-athletes both in the classroom.
Marc Slade - Randolph DIII
Slade is in his second year at Randolph. He was poached from ODAC rival Guilford where he coached three All-Conference players and helped the Quakers to the 2017 regular season and tournament championship. With his best work ahead of him, HC Pete Hamilton knows his value as a guy who can turn things around in Lynchburg, VA.
Keving Sullivan - Emory DIII
His work ethic, personality, and basketball acumen translates well to student athletes. He’s developed All-Conference performers and league leading scorers. Twenty win seasons and Conference championships are the norm.
Blake Justice - Valdosta State DII
His display of skill and knowledge as a player led to a graduate assistant coaching position prior to his current assistant tittle. He helped guide the Blazers to a 26-6 record and a Gulf South Conference Regular Season title. His ability to relate to players and communicate in a way that gets the point across effectively.
Graham Maxwell - Emmanuel DII
Steadily moving up the ladder Maxwell stared as a player, moved into coaching, and was recently elevated to Associate head Coach. All moves for good reason. He has his hands in all aspects of the program with a focus on recruiting. As coach, he has been a part of 3 National Championship games including 2016 and 2018. As a player he doubled those accomplishments.
Ronnie Thomas - Guilford DIII
Steals and assists are the foundation of Thomas’ success. Both have traveled well from his playing days to coaching (not to mention road games). This is his first yr. as associate hc after starting on staff while also working compliance. His break out year saw a 24-6 record, a fifth DIII tourney via ODAC regular season and tournament champions.
Drew Gibson - Augusta University DII
Gibson brings player development, ability to scout, administrative detail, recruiting and four years at one place: living success both as a player and coach. He learned first hand championship play at Wofford. As part of the winningest season in program history.
He earned a regular season title, the SoCon Tournament title, and a trip to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 12 seed. He has proven himself effective at the level of success Augusta displays.
John Bunch - William Peace DIII
Growing into an extremely valuable member of their program since starting back in 2011, his development in knowledge of X’s and O’s and on the court is impressive for his age, and his ability to connect with players is a huge asset as he is charged with the continual development of their entire program rising to new heights.
Jay Reid - Lincoln Memorial DII
Quickly moving up, Reid spent two seasons at Newberry as the program’s recruiting coordinator and oversaw the day-to-day player development in basketball and their team GPA of 3.5. His offensive efficiency includes leading DI and II in made three-pointers. He recruited players from multiple states and developed All Americans, All Conference, Freshman and Rookie OTY, DII Bulletin All-Freshman honorees and more. In year one at LMU the tradition continues.
Brian Emerson - Sewanee DIII
A future high academic institution head coach, Emerson arrives at Sewanee after assisting Williams College to a 53-29 record and a trip to the Final Four. Prior to that, at MIT, he posted 20 wins, including
the conference tournament and advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Now two years in at Sewanee his tradition of winning continues.
Patrick McGrail - Rhodes DIII
This past year, McGrail added duties supervising home event ticket sales, concessions and workers as well as maintaining the athletic website. On the court, his playing experience at Rhodes helped
translate 37 wins during his two-year coaching span, developing All-Conference players, numerous honorees, a 20 win season and a SAA Championship runner up.
Steven Asher - Catawba DII
The former Maryland GA adds experience with filming, editing game and practice film, scouting reports, tracking statistics, and overseeing the recruiting database and coordinating team travel. While Asher has proven himself on the court as well, his unique qualifiers are the lessons learned from working in the woman's game with one of the games greatest minds in Brenda Frese.
Jeremiah Samarrippas - Lincoln Memorial DII
LMU has enjoyed his impact 126 times while seeing only 14 occasions for improvement. Few if any young assistants have experienced his remarkable success combining four South Atlantic Conference regular-season titles, two SAC tournament championships, two Southeast Region titles and back-to-back appearances in the national semifinals in 2016 and 2017.
Jordan Fee - Nova Southeastern DII
In year one, he guided a First Team All-Conference player and a second team all-region honoree. A coaches son, he is a natural born leader. The former volunteer assistant at West Liberty, helped reach a 34-2 record including a NCAA DII national semifinals appearance. Fee continues to be mentored by Crutchfield, emphasizing high basketball IQ.
Nate Champion - Florida Southern DII
A Champion team will boast a min. average 88 ppg- the eighth-best scoring offense in the nation; and a a pair of all-Conference and NABC all-district honorees; all in year one. At his last job he developed three all-conference players, including one first team all-NE10 selection, two all-rookie honorees, and an all-district honoree (Stonehill College).
Tyler Schlegel - Bridgewater DIII
A staple in the DIII scene, he has coached at strongholds Mary Washington and St. Mary's College of Maryland. He added DI flavor first as DOBO then an assistant at Maine. Everywhere he goes success follows in the form of Conference championships, twenty win seasons, and DIII Elite Eight appearances.
Blake Arbogast - University of the Ozarks DIII
His ability to connect with players, his selflessness, and passion for learning set him apart. Now in season two, he has helped improve defense by holding opponents to six fewer PPG than the previous season. Team rebounds have also improved. And they now have three All-Conference honors for playing, academics, and an All-Freshman performer.
Bill Morosco - Barry DII
He has already worked DI DII and JUCO. At the JUCO level, He helped lead EFSC to their best winning percentage in program history, a national third place ranking, and the NJCAA Final Four. They led the nation in rebounding margin, second in fg% defense. They being the numerous players he developed to all-conference status.
Corey Hendren - USC Aiken DII
Hendren has worked DII and as a HC at the JUCO level. The multiple COY winner led his squad to the runner-up position twice. He recruited thirteen players that went on to four-year DI programs. Along the way they collected an undefeated home mark, and a single season wins record. In addition, he has developed four All Americans, five all-region and numerous all-conference players between both levels.