blankMike Boynton, Jr.
The SFA Lumberjacks defeat Sam Houston State to win the 2014 Southland Conference Tournament.
The Lumberjacks defeat Northwestern State 85-78 in the semifinals of the Southland Conference Tournament.
Mike Boynton is in his second season as an assistant coach at SFA. In 2013-14, Boynton played a vital part in the Lumberjacks' success, which included a 32-3 overall record, 18-0 Southland Conference mark, SLC regular season and tournamen titles, NCAA Tournament second round victory over fifth-seeded VCU and berth in the third round against fourth-seeded UCLA.
Boynton came to SFA after spending four years as an assistant coach the University of South Carolina, including the 2012-13 season with current SFA head coach Brad Underwood.
Boynton was a four-year letterwinner for the Gamecocks from 2001 to 2004 and served as the associate head coach for the Wofford Terriers prior to joining the South Carolina staff for the 2008-09 season.
While on staff in Columbia, Boynton helped lead the Gamecocks to three wins over national Top-Five opponents, including an upset of then-No. 1 Kentucky in 2009-10 and wins over then-No. 2 Michigan State and then-No. 2 Ohio State in 2010-11 while fielding one of the youngest teams in the country.
He also had a part in South Carolina landing one of its best recruiting classes in recent history in the summer of 2010, bringing in a class ranked No. 17 in the country according to Scout.com, No. 22 in the Rivals.com rankings and No. 25 class according to ESPN.com.
In 2008-09 Boynton helped South Carolina earn double-digit SEC victories for the first time since the 1998 season and earned the SEC Eastern Division Co-Championship. The Gamecocks had previously reached double-digit victories just three times in their 20-year history competing in the SEC. Additionally, Carolina's 21 wins that year marked its first 20-win season since the 2005-06 campaign.
Prior to South Carolina, Boynton spent a year as the associate head coach at Wofford where the Terriers finished the 2007-08 season 16-16 overall and 8-12 in Southern Conference play. The Terriers' 16 wins were the most since the 1994-95 season and the most since moving to the NCAA Division I level.
Boynton worked as an assistant at Coastal Carolina for two seasons prior to his stint at Wofford, working with now current Marquette head coach Buzz Peterson, who was named director of player personnel for the Charlotte Bobcats in June 2007. In his two years at Coastal, the Chanticleers went 35-25 overall, including a 20-win season in 2005-06.
As a four-year player at South Carolina, Boynton played in 125 career games, which ranks fourth all-time. He also finished in the top 10 in career 3-pointers made and 3-pointers attempted. He ranks in the top 10 in single-season starts and minutes played and led the Gamecocks to the NCAA Tournament as a senior, starting 32 games and averaging 9.9 points and a team-high 3.5 assists per game.
Boynton graduated from South Carolina with a degree in African-American studies. He was also awarded the Southeastern Conference's Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship for his community service work.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Boynton attended Bishop Loughlin High School, where he earned first-team All-New York City honors after leading his team to a 24-4 mark and a berth in the city semifinals. He was inducted into the Bishop Loughlin High School Athletic Hall of Fame in the spring of 2011. Boynton is married to the former Jenny Hill.
Head coach Brad Underwood on Boynton's hire: