May 14, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Stephen F. Austin men's basketball coach Brad Underwood announced Tuesday the addition of Michael Boynton and Stephen Gentryto his coaching staff. The pair is the first two hires for Underwood as head coach at SFA.
Boynton joins the staff after spending four years as an assistant coach at the University of South Carolina, including last year in a student-development capacity in Columbia. Meanwhile, Gentry spent last season as the director of basketball operations at Texas A&M.
"I'm very excited to have two guys who have experience at high-major programs," Underwood said. "Both have been involved with high-level players and have a wealth of knowledge on the inner workings of elite basketball programs. It will be a great fit for the SFA Basketball family and the Nacogdoches community."
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 an upset of then-No. 1 Kentucky in 2009-10 and 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.
"Mike has achieved a lot at an early age in coaching who has spent a lot of time in the SoCon, and was also in charge of recruiting at South Carolina," Underwood said. "He has a ton of connections not only with coaches in the Texas area, but in the South and up and down the East Coast."
Meanwhile, Gentry has spent the last six seasons at Texas A&M, including the last two as 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 has been a part of one of the most successful eras in Aggie basketball and in his six seasons, he has helped the program win 129 games, advance to four NCAA Tournaments and develop three future NBA draft picks. In his most recent role, Gentry was primarily responsible for scheduling, A&M's 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 earned the distinction of Dean's and President's Lists as a student and was married to the former Leah Wahlgren in the summer of 2012.
"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 brilliant basketball mind and is an up-and-coming coach who will hit the road running."