Austin Newton is in his second year as a staff assistant for the UMass basketball program. He continues his association with Travis Ford who coached him for four years at Eastern Kentucky.
Newton is responsible for video preparation and exchange with the Minutemen as well aiding the staff with recruiting, scouting and other administrative duties.
As a player, Newton played four years at Eastern Kentucky helping the Colonels to the 2005 NCAA Tournament. He served as back-up point guard playing in 12 games, scoring eight points and handing out eight assists as a senior.
Newton was a three-year Colonel Scholar-Athlete at EKU. He graduated Cume Laude with a 3.5 GPA in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Public Relations.
In his prep career, Newton was named the Heartland Conference Player of the Year as a senior averaging 21.3 points and 6.2 assists in 2000-01.
He is engaged to Amy Sutton. The couple is planning a Summer 2007 wedding.
The Newton File