Stephen Gentry is in his third season as an assistant coach at SFA. In his role, Gentry is responsible for recruiting, on-court coaching, including overseeing the player development program, and scouting.
In 2013-14, Gentry played a vital part in the Lumberjacks' success, which included a 32-3 overall record, 18-0 Southland Conference mark, SLC regular season and tournament titles, NCAA Tournament second round victory over fifth-seeded VCU and berth in the third round against fourth-seeded UCLA.
Gentry helped mentor three All-Southland Conference players including SLC Player of the Year, Jacob Parker, and SLC Tournament MVP, Thomas Walkup. Gentry was also responsible for the scouting of key victories over Towson, Sam Houston State (regular season and SLC Tournament), Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, Oral Roberts and VCU - SFA's first NCAA Tournament win in program history.
The 2014-15 season yielded similar results, as the Lumberjacks posted a 29-5 overall record and came within a win of sweeping conference play for the second straight year. SFA advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round as a No. 12 seed for the second-straight season, where it earned a matchup with fifth-seeded Utah.
Prior to SFA, Gentry spent six seasons at Texas A&M, including his final two as the Director of Basketball Operations under head coach Billy Kennedy. Previously he worked for four years as the video coordinator under former Aggie, and now Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon.
Gentry was a part of one of the most successful eras in Aggie basketball and in his six seasons, he helped the program win 129 games, advance to four NCAA Tournaments and develop three future NBA draft picks. In his last role there, Gentry was primarily responsible for A&M's scheduling, recruiting database and correspondence, overseeing the scouting and statistical programs, camps and other administrative duties.
Gentry spent his first four seasons in College Station as coach Mark Turgeon's video coordinator, helping A&M to four consecutive NCAA Tournament berths. Known for his preparation and scouting abilities, Gentry played a vital role in preparing the A&M defense, which was consistently ranked at the top of the Big 12 Conference in each of the last five seasons.
Gentry came to A&M after one year as a video intern for the NBA's Miami Heat and Hall of Fame Coach Pat Riley. The Heat won the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference in Gentry's season with the franchise.
Prior to his stint with the Heat, Gentry played four seasons of college basketball at Gonzaga for head coach Mark Few, lettering three times as a guard. He was teammates with Adam Morrison, the 2006 college player of the year and No. 3 pick in that year's NBA Draft.
During Gentry's four years as a player, the Zags put together a 107-20 record, winning four straight West Coast Conference titles. Gonzaga advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2006 and made the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament three other times in his career.
Gentry was married to the former Leah Wahlgren on June 6, 2012, and they have one daughter, Svea, who was born last November.
Head coach Brad Underwood on Gentry's hire: "Stephen comes from a high-level program at Gonzaga and also has spent time with two great coaches at A&M in Billy Kennedy and Mark Turgeon," Underwood said. "He brings Texas ties and a brilliant basketball mind and is an up-and-coming coach who will hit the road running."