Martin officially announces USC coaching staff

GoGamecocks staff reportsApril 4, 2012 

Frank Martin talks at a press conference Tuesday after he was hired as the Gamecocks' head mens basketball coach. Martin is the former head coach at Kansas State.

R. DARREN PRICE — dprice@thestate.com

New South Carolina men’s basketball coach Frank Martin on Wednesday confirmed the hiring of his entire coaching staff from Kansas State.

Brad Underwood has been named associate head coach. Matt Figger is an assistant coach and will serve as the recruiting coordinator. Lamont Evans has been named an assistant coach for the Gamecocks.

Andy Assaley has been hired as the men’s basketball director of operations, and Scott Greenawalt will serve as the team’s strength and conditioning coach.

All five served as part of Martin’s staff at Kansas State over the course of the past five seasons.

Brad Underwood (Associate Head Coach)

Underwood comes to South Carolina after most recently serving as the associate head coach for Martin at Kansas State during the 2011-12 campaign, while also serving as an assistant for Martin from 2007-11. Underwood brings 25 years of coaching experience in various levels of the college ranks.

Martin on Underwood: “Brad has a wealth of experience after serving for 16 years as a Division I assistant and six years as a head coach at the junior college level. He is a strong recruiter and excellent bench coach.”

Matt Figger (Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator)

Figger comes to South Carolina after most recently serving as an assistant coach at Kansas State for Martin for the past five seasons. He was promoted to KSU’s recruiting coordinator in June 2011. Figger has 20 years of coaching experience in various levels of college. Prior to his time at Kansas State, Figger served a brief stint as the director of operations at Arkansas (April-June 2007), which followed five seasons as an assistant coach at South Alabama for John Pelphrey (2003-07).

Martin on Figger: “It is no surprise that success follows Matt everywhere he goes. Matt is a tireless worker that brings great energy every day to our student-athletes.”

Lamont Evans (Assistant Coach)

Evans comes to South Carolina after most recently serving as an assistant coach at Kansas State during the 2011-12 season. Evans also served as a student assistant (2008-09) and a graduate manager (2009-11) for Martin’s Wildcats.

Martin on Evans: “Though young in actual experience, Lamont was preparing to coach even during his playing days. He is very well connected in the world of grassroots basketball and has great knowledge of the game.”

Andy Assaley (Director of Men’s Basketball Operations)

Assaley most recently served as director of basketball operations at Kansas State under Martin for the past five seasons.

Martin on Assaley: “Andy brings an incredible combination of coaching and administrative background to our staff. He is very helpful in film breakdown and also in creating a great organization of our office’s day-to-day business.”

Scott Greenawalt (Strength and Conditioning Coach)

Greenawalt most recently served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach, working with the men’s and women’s basketball programs at Kansas State since 2006.

Martin on Greenawalt: “Scott is as good as it gets in the world of strength and conditioning. He brings a commitment to the whole athlete. Strength, conditioning, flexibility and nutrition are just some of the things that he helps our student-athletes excel with every day.”

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