Derek Kellogg sets his staff for the 2011-12 season.
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UMass defeats St. Bonaventure 73-68
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Shyrone Chatman begins his fourth season as assistant coach in 2014-15 after serving as director of player personnel his first three seasons on the UMass staff.
Since moving to his role as a full-time assistant with recruiting responsibilities three years ago, UMass has compiled a 70-32 record, posted three-consecutive 20-win seasons and in 2014, made the school's first NCAA Tournament bid since 1998. The Minutemen also had a pair of NIT appearances with a Final Four showing in 2012 and reached the Atlantic 10 Tournament semifinals twice.
His recruiting talents in Memphis, Dallas, Houston and Charlotte have yielded big returns with five current players signing with UMass - junior Trey Davis (DeSoto, Texas), sophomores Demetrius Dyson (Covington HS/Team Thad) and Clyde Santee (Houston/Houston Defenders), redshirt freshman Zach Coleman (Dallas/Dallas Mustangs) and incoming freshman C.J. Anderson (Arlington HS/Team Thad).
Chatman's work with the Minutemen guards over the past three seasons have allowed Chaz Williams, Derrick Gordon and Davis to continually develop their skill sets into all-conference caliber performers. Williams became just the eighth three-time first team all-Atlantic 10 player in league history.
In 2013-14, UMass opened the year 10-0 and returned to the national rankings for the first time since 1998, climbing as high as 13th in the AP and 12th in the Coaches poll. The team finished the year in the NCAA Tournament Second Round as a No. 6 seed and a 24-9 record.
The year before saw the Minutemen post 21 victories, including their second NIT appearance in as many seasons.
In 2011-12 - his first season on the road, UMass went 25-11 and advanced to the semifinals of both the A-10 Championship and the NIT. The Minutemen tied for fifth in the league after being picked 12th in the preseason polls.
In three years as the Director of Player Personnel, Chatman was involved in various aspects of the UMass program, most notably aiding the players in their well-being on and off the court.
"I have known Shyrone since our first year at Memphis (2000) as a player and he took on every challenge that was thrown at him," head coach Derek Kellogg said. "The way he carried himself with a maturity level as a player and now as a staff member is impressive. He has been very enjoyable, not only as a person who coached him, but also as a mentor to him in the coaching profession. I love the enthusiasm he also brings and his knowledge of the game. He will do a lot of office work and film study here. But, his relationships with the players at Memphis and now here at UMass, in the early part of our days here, have been great. I continue to look forward to him getting to know these guys and look forward him mentoring all of the players on the team."
In 2007-08, Chatman, served as the assistant to the recruiting coordinator at Memphis where the Tigers made their historic run to the NCAA Championship game. Chatman assisted with on-campus recruiting visits, handles recruiting mail-outs and updated the recruiting database. He was also involved in other areas of the program's operations. Chatman was part of the Tigers program which made the program's first appearance in the NCAA Final Four since 1985 and first title game since 1973. Memphis set an NCAA single-season record for victories with 38 wins (38-2 mark) and held down the No. 1 spot in both national polls for five-straight weeks during the season. The Tigers finished 2007-08 ranked No. 2 in both national polls, the highest final ranking in school history. Memphis also won a school-record 26-straight games, and swept the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles for a third-consecutive season. The Tigers won 30 games for a third-straight year in 2007-08, becoming the second school in NCAA Division I history to accomplish the feat. Kentucky was the first to do so from 1947-49 and 1996-98. UCLA joined the elite group later in 2007-08. From 2005-06 to 2007-08, Memphis won 104 games (104-10 record) and tied the 1996-98 Kentucky squads for the most victories in a three-year period in NCAA Division I history.
In 2006-07, Chatman served as the program's video coordinator and administrative assistant. He was a member of the Tiger staff that helped guide Memphis to one of the most memorable seasons in school history. Memphis won a school-record tying 33 games (33-4 record), swept the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.
The 2002 University of Memphis graduate joined the Tiger basketball program from his position with TennCare in the Tennessee Department of Human Services.
Although he played only one season for Calipari, the 6-foot-4 guard flourished in his final season as a Tiger in 2000-01. In Calipari's first year as Memphis' head coach, Chatman started 29 of 36 games and helped lead the Tigers to a 21-15 record and the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) final four. He averaged 9.2 points and 3.1 boards and dished out 165 assists. Chatman led Conference USA in assist-to-turnover ratio and was fifth in assists average. The Baton Rouge, La., native, who received the team's Playmaker Award that year, posted double-figure assists twice, including 10 dishes in a win over UTEP in the NIT. He also shot 40.6 percent from the arc in 2000-01, which is No. 6 on the Memphis single-season three-point percentage chart.
For his career, Chatman averaged 5.5 points and 2.1 rebounds and recorded 238 assists and 79 steals.
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