COLUMBIA (WACH) - University of South Carolina head menâ??s basketball coach Frank Martin announced on Wednesday the hiring of several members of his staff.
Brad Underwood has been named associate head coach, Matt Figger is an assistant coach and will serve as the recruiting coordinator and Lamont Evans has been named an assistant coach for the Gamecocks. Andy Assaley has been hired as the menâ??s basketball director of operations, and Scott Greenawalt will serve as the teamâ??s strength and conditioning coach. All five served as part of Martinâ??s staff at Kansas State over the course of the past five seasons.
The following are brief bios on each assistant coach:
Brad Underwood, named Associate Head Coach, comes to South Carolina after most recently serving as the associate head coach for Frank Martin at Kansas State during the 2011-12 campaign, while also serving as an assistant for Martin from 2007-11. Underwood is credited with playing a major role in helping to revitalize the Wildcat program, which posted 20-win campaigns and advanced to the postseason, including four trips to the NCAA Tournament, during all six of his seasons at KSU. Underwood brings 25 years of coaching experience in various levels of the college ranks to the South Carolina sidelines.
Matt Figger, named Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, comes to South Carolina after most recently serving as an assistant coach at Kansas State for Frank Martin for the past five seasons. Figger, who was promoted to KSUâ??s recruiting coordinator in June 2011, has played a key role in the development of the Kansas State program, as the team has posted 20-win seasons and advanced to the postseason, with four trips to the NCAA Tournament, in each of his five seasons at KSU. Figger brings 20 years of coaching experience in various levels of the college ranks to the South Carolina sidelines.
Figger joined the staff at Kansas State in 2007 as an assistant coach, where he helped coach two All-Americans and numerous all-conference selections. Figger has been a member of Martinâ??s staff during all five years of Martinâ??s time as the head coach at Kansas State. The program amassed an impressive 171 victories during that time and the squad won at least 21 games each season, while finishing fifth or higher in the Big 12 each year.
Lamont Evans, named Assistant Coach, comes to South Carolina after most recently serving as an assistant coach at Kansas State for Frank Martin during the 2011-12 season. Evans also served as a student assistant (2008-09) and a graduate manager (2009-11) for Martinâ??s Wildcats.
â??Though young in actual experience, Lamont was preparing to coach even during his playing days,â?? Martin said. â??He is very well connected in the world of grassroots basketball and has great knowledge of the game.â??
Andy Assaley, named Director of Menâ??s Basketball Operations, joins the menâ??s staff at South Carolina as the director of basketball operations. Assaley most recently served in the same capacity at Kansas State under Frank Martin for the past five seasons.
Assaley has played a key support role in helping to build the Kansas State program during his six seasons on staff with the Wildcats. The program posted at least 20 wins each season and advanced to the postseason every year, including four trips to the NCAA Tournament.
Scott Greenawalt is the strength and conditioning coach for the Gamecock menâ??s basketball team. He most recently served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach, working with the menâ??s and womenâ??s basketball programs at Kansas State since 2006.
Greenawalt helped revitalize the Wildcats under Bob Huggins (2006-07) and Frank Martin (2007-12), which has posted six consecutive 20-win seasons and has advanced to the postseason in each of the past six seasons, including four trips to the Big Dance.
Martin also talked with WACH Fox Sports Director Ric Garni on Wednesday. In the attached clip, Martin talks about how he plans to "sell out" Colonial Life Arena for home games in 2012-2013.
(USC Sports Information contributed to this report.)