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 recently concluded his fifth season as an assistant coach on Derek Kellogg's staff in 2015-16 after he previously served as the director of player personnel in his first three seasons with the University of Massachusetts men's basketball program.
"I have known Shyrone for more than 15 years now, since my first year at Memphis when he was a player, and he enthusiastically approaches every challenge that is presented to him," head coach Derek Kellogg said.
"The way Shyrone carried himself with a maturity level beyond his years as a player, and the way he does now as a staff member, is impressive," Kellogg continued. "He has been enjoyable to work with, not only as someone who coached him, but also now as a mentor to him in the coaching profession. I love the enthusiasm he brings and his knowledge of the game. He is a relentless recruiter and the time he spends focused on player skill development with our guys day in and day out is impeccable. His work ethic is contagious. His relationships with the players at Memphis and now here at UMass have been great. I look forward to his continued mentorship of all the players on our team."
Chatman brought a dedication to on-court improvement and relentless recruiting efforts to the UMass coaching staff with his elevation to his current assistant position prior to the 2011-12 season. His on-court focus yielded immediate returns at the guard position while his recruiting efforts helped UMass net a nationally ranked and highly respected class for the 2016-17 season - the top-rated group in the Atlantic 10.
The recruiting footprint Chatman continues to build upon extends its reach nationally from the Northeast region down the Atlantic Seaboard, throughout the southern states and into the Southwest U.S. Chatman's dedication on the recruiting trail and his ability to build and maintain excellent relationships earned the Minutemen great returns with key former, current and incoming players. This list comprises top-rated guard recruits sought after by "Power 5" conference schools including C.J. Anderson (Memphis, Tenn.), returning leading scorer Donte Clark (Charlotte, N.C.), Zach Coleman (Dallas, Texas) and Trey Davis (East Dallas, Texas) as well as incoming competitors Brison Gresham and DeJon Jarreau (New Orleans, La.). Chatman also helped the Minutemen land graduate student transfer Antwan Space (Texas A&M) as well as three-star forward and rising-sophomore Malik Hines (Jackson, Miss.).
Since moving to his role as a full-time assistant with recruiting and on-floor coaching responsibilities five seasons ago, UMass has produced 101 victories, posted three 20-win seasons and in 2014, made the school's first NCAA Tournament trip since the 1997-98 campaign. With Chatman's help, the Minutemen also made a pair of NIT appearances, including with an NIT Final Four showing in 2012, and reached the Atlantic 10 Tournament semifinals on two occasions.
Chatman's work with the Minutemen on the hardwood over the past five seasons helped the corp of guards to continually develop their unique skill sets and he helped Clark, Davis, Jabarie Hinds and Chaz Williams all-conference caliber performers in particular. Williams became just the eighth three-time first team all-Atlantic 10 player in league history with Chatman's tutelage while Davis earned USBWA All-District and Hinds took home A-10 Co-Sixth Man of the Year.
Chatman's guidance proved paramount to the team's successes in 2015-16 as the three leading Minuteman scorers (Clark, Davis and Hinds) came from the guard position. Each reset personal bests in per game scoring average as the trio accounted for more than 67 percent of the squad's total points.
In 2013-14, UMass opened the year with 10 consecutive wins and vaulted into the national rankings for the first time since 1998, as the squad climbed as high as 13th in the Associated Press and 12th in the USA Today Coaches poll. The team finished the year in the NCAA Tournament Second Round as a No. 6 seed and concluded with a 24-9 record. In addition to Williams' success at point guard (15.6 points, 6.9 assists per game), Chatman was paramount in the growth of Sampson Carter as a force on the scoreboard and working the glass as Carter produced career-highs through 10.4 points and 4.3 rebounds in 2013-14.
The year before, the Minutemen posted 21 victories, including their second NIT appearance in as many seasons. Williams again picked up all-conference and all-district nods with Chatman's guidance on and off the court.
In 2011-12, Chatman's first season on the road, UMass went 25-11 and advanced to the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Championship and the NIT. The Minutemen tied for fifth in the league after being picked 12th in the preseason polls.
During his 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 overall well-being.
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 standing in school history. Memphis also won a school-record 26 consecutive 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 Naismith Hall of Fame inductee John 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 assist totals twice, including 10 dished out in a win over UTEP in the NIT. He also shot 40.6 percent from beyond the arc in 2000-01, which went as the sixth-best on 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 with the Tigers.
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