Kellogg Names Four To Men's Basketball Staff At UMass
May 5, 2008
AMHERST, Mass. - New UMass basketball head coach Derek Kellogg announced four members of his basketball staff at the University of Massachusetts. Adam Ginsburg, who has been an assistant coach for each of the last three years at UMass, will remain as an assistant coach under Kellogg. Vance Walberg has been named an assistant coach; Andy Allison has been named the director of basketball operations and Shyrone Chatman has been named director of player personnel.
One of top recruiters and game-plan preparers, Adam Ginsburg returns to UMass for his fourth season as an assistant coach. Ginsburg is energetic and comprehensive along with being a tireless worker. He has tremendous recruiting ties in New England and the Northeast.
"Adam is a very articulate, hard-working young coach, who I see as having a great future in the profession," said UMass head coach Derek Kellogg. "In the short period time I have been here, we have become very good friends. We have been very compatible in the work environment. I love the relationships he has with the players. I love his tenacity in terms of recruiting. I biggest thing he does so well when he meets you, is that he makes you feel like you are the guy next door. He is so friendly, he is close everyone, the prep school coaches love him. He just has a special way about him, that makes you want to him around and be a part of your family."
Ginsburg has been in integral piece in UMass' return to the forefront on the national basketball scene over the last two years under Travis Ford. In 2007-08, Ginsburg played a large role in UMass' success which saw the Minutemen reach the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) Championship game. The Minutemen, who finished 25-11, made the program's deepest run in a postseason playing in a national postseason title game for the first time in history. Ginsburg played a large role in recruiting many of the players which played on the NIT Finalists as transfers or high school recruits. He had to opportunity to work with the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year for the second year in a row, as Gary Forbes was the league's top player along with being the co-regular-season scoring champion. Forbes was also named an AP Honorable Mention All-American. Ginsburg was largely responsible for recruiting the A-10's Most Improved Player Ricky Harris, who improved his scoring average by nearly 14 points per game from his freshman to sophomore campaign. UMass set close to 10 program records including most points and most 3-point field goals made in a season. The 25 wins were the fifth-most in a season in school history.
The Minutemen captured the 2006-07 Atlantic 10 Regular-Season Championship, marking the first time in 11 years they achieved that feat. The Minutemen won their first postseason since the 1996 Final Four last year as they beat Alabama, 89-87 in overtime, before a national television audience on ESPN. Ginsburg mentored two of the top players in the nation in Atlantic 10 First-Team selections Rashaun Freeman and Stephane Lasme. Freeman became the first player since Jameer Nelson (Saint Joseph's in 2001-04) to become a three-time first-team all-conference pick,. Following a UMass career which saw him finish as the fourth all-time leading scorer, Freeman signed to play professional basketball in France.
Lasme was named an Honorable Mention All-American in addition to being the A-10's Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. He was drafted in the second round by the NBA's Golden State Warriors after finishing second in the nation in blocked shots. In addition to the rise on the basketball court, UMass basketball also received stellar reviews from its incoming recruiting class. The basketball staff was recognized by HoopScoop.com as having the 22nd best recruiting class in the country and by CSTV as having the 26th-best class in addition to any other accolades.
Prior to joining UMass in 2005, Ginsburg was an assistant coach under Ron Everhart at Northeastern University from 2001-2005. In the 2004-05 season, he was part of Northeastern's unprecedented success as the Huskies finished second in the America East Conference with a 15-3 record (21-10 overall), advanced to the postseason conference tournament championship game where it lost to NCAA Tournament Cinderella Vermont. The 2005 Huskies went on to earn an NIT bid- marking Northeastern's first postseason appearance in 14 years.
While at Northeastern, Ginsburg had the opportunity to be a part of a staff that recruited and coached numerous all rookie and all conference players. Two of these players were Jose Juan Barea (two-time first team all conference and Dallas Maverick) and Shawn James (Conference Rookie of the Year and Conference Defensive player of the year and current player with Duquesne). In addition, Ginsburg was on staff also with the programs upset victories in consecutive season over Boston College, West Virginia and UMass. During his coaching career, Ginsburg has gained valuable local and international experience through various camps. At Northeastern, he ran Coach Ron Everhart's day camps as well as organized and staffed a 28-team high school clinic/tournament that has featured some of the area's top talent. Ginsburg got his first international coaching experience in the summer of 2002 as he was a coach/clinician at the Basketball Camp in Beijing, China, run by Sino American International Sports, in conjunction with the Chinese Basketball Association.
Prior to his arrival at NU, Ginsburg spent two years at Towson University. While with the Tigers, Ginsburg served as an assistant coach under Mike Jaskulski and was director of the summer basketball camp program. Ginsburg, is a 1997 graduate of the University at Buffalo, where he began his involvement with college coaching as a manager with the basketball team. After graduation, Ginsburg headed to the University of Florida for graduate work. Former UMass Associate Head Coach Tim Maloney, and a former Buffalo assistant, helped Ginsburg land an opportunity to assist with the daily operation of the Gator basketball program. There, he worked under Florida coach Billy Donovan, who recommended Ginsburg to new NU coach Ron Everhart. Ginsburg received his master's degree in Sports Management at Florida and also was part of the Gators' Sweet 16 team in 1999.
In 1995, while attending Buffalo, Ginsburg also served as an assistant coach under Jim Kramer of the Nichols School. The summer of 1996 brought Ginsburg the opportunity to be the head coach of a Junior Maccabiah team for four years. That summer he led the team to a bronze medal.
A native of Baldwin, N.Y., Ginsburg, 32, (born June 8, 1975) and his wife Beth reside in Hadley with their 3-year old son Matthew and newborn baby daughter Lexi Faith (born April 25, 2008).
One of the most innovative minds in the sport of basketball brings his approach and philosophy to UMass as Vance Walberg begins his first year with the Minutemen as an assistant coach. Walberg has been widely credited for bringing his dribble-drive system to the sport and has it succeed at the highest level in working with current Memphis and former UMass coach John Calipari. Walberg makes the move back east after 40 years on the west coast as a successful head coach for more than 30 years on the college, junior college and high school level.
"Vance brings an unbelievable knowledge for the game of basketball," said UMass head coach Derek Kellogg. "He has a tremendous enthusiasm, intensity and passion for what we are trying to do here at UMass in growing the basketball program. He is part of the reason why my career is where it is with us implementing his style of play and offense at Memphis. Not only is he a close personal friend, but he is also a person I trust and feel very confident in as a basketball coach. We are excited to have him on the staff. He is bringing an energy and enthusiasm and a style of play which will excite the fans, our players on the team, our recruits and everyone in the UMass community."
Walberg, who served as the head coach at Pepperdine University from 2006-08, is well-known for his system which was chronicled in Sports Illustrated in February 2008. Known as AASAA (Attack, Attack, Skip, Attack, Attack), Walberg spent 17 seasons building winning programs at Clovis West High School and Fresno City College prior to coaching the Waves for a year-and-a-half.
"Shoot, shoot and shoot some more," said Walberg in describing his system. "It's really very simple. What we do is I spread you out and attack the different gaps. We call it AASAA - Attack, Attack, Skip, Attack, Attack. Everybody gets a big plus out of it. It starts with the guards. The first thing we want them to do is come down and look to score. It's up to the guards to be able to break their man down. Once the breakdown process begins and whoever helps, that's where the kick goes. If we struggle, we reverse things and put it inside and it's time for the big guys to take over. It's really very simple."
In four years as head coach at Fresno City College from 2003-06, Walberg compiled a 133-11 (.924) record, including a perfect 34-0 mark and the California state community college championship in 2005. Using his AASAA offensive system, his teams regularly scored more than 100 points per game.
In addition, Walberg's Fresno City College teams won four straight Central Valley Conference titles, made four consecutive trips to the Northern California Playoffs, advanced to the Final Four of the state championships three times and appeared in the state title game in 2003 and 2005.
Walberg and his 2004-05 Rams became just the third team, and the first in 35 years, to post an undefeated season in California community college history. Fresno City College's 83-68 victory over San Bernardino College in the championship game also marked Walberg's 100th coaching victory at the school, a milestone he reached in just three years.
In 2005-06, Fresno City College went 33-6 and advanced to the semifinals of the state championships before falling 71-67 to Fullerton College at Selland Arena in Fresno, Calif.
Walberg was twice named California Community College Coach of the Year (2003 and 2005) and was tabbed the CVC Coach of the Year in each of his four seasons.
During a 13-year career (1990-2002) as head coach at Clovis West High School in Fresno, Calif., Walberg guided his teams to a 343-68 (.834) overall record, nine league titles, 10 CIF Central Section Championships appearances (including six titles) and three showings in the Southern State Championship Game. Clovis West earned Top 10 rankings in the state six times (1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2002) and was ranked nationally in the USA Today Top 25 in 2000 and 2001. The 2001 team finished the year ranked #12 nationally.
Prior to taking over at Clovis West, Walberg was head basketball coach at Newark (Calif.) Memorial High School for five seasons (1985-89). There, he won one league title and made two appearances in the CIF North Coast Section Championships. He also served as badminton coach at James Logan High School (1983-84) and head basketball coach at Los Altos High School (1981-83) and Mountain View High School (1978-81).
In 2001, Walberg was selected the Cal-Hi State Coach of the Year. He also earned league coach of the year honors nine times, section coach of the year on six occasions and was tabbed the California and West Region (Section 7) Coach of the Year in 1999.
Walberg, a 1974 graduate of Monta Vista High in Cupertino, Calif., was a two-year varsity letterwinner in basketball. He helped the Matadors to a league championship was named the team's Most Valuable Player.
In two seasons at De Anza Community College, he won two conference championships and concluded his career as the school's all-time steals leader. While at Cal State Bakersfield for the following two seasons, Walberg was twice named the school's Defensive Player of the Year and served as team captain his senior year.
Walberg's education includes a physical education degree from Cal State Bakersfield in 1978, a teaching credential from the College of Belmont in 1979 and a master's degree in health, physical education and recreation from Saint Mary's College in 1986.
Walberg, 51, (born July 9, 1956), and his wife, Rose, have four children: Jason, 25, a former Fresno City College all-state selection and former player on the Pepperdine basketball team; Heather, 24, a Pepperdine graduate student; Jaimie-Rose, 21, who graduated from Pepperdine this spring; and Ian, 20, a sophomore at Moorpark College.
Andy Allison continues his long-time relationship with Derek Kellogg at the pair's third stop together here at UMass. Kellogg values loyalty, much like his mentor John Calipari, and that shows through with Kellogg's hiring of Allison as the director of basketball operations at UMass. Allison, spent six years working at the University of Memphis under Calipari, most recently as the assistant to the coordinator of operations last season during the Tigers' run to the NCAA Championship game.
At UMass, Allison will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the UMass basketball program. He will oversee the Derek Kellogg Basketball School, handle team travel, work with the academic support unit as well as being involved in every aspect of the program.
"I have worked with Andy for the better part of seven years both at Memphis and Youngstown State," said Kellogg. "He brings a great passion for what we are doing here at UMass. He is very organized and will take care of a lot of office work and personal needs for me. He has a great relationship with the players and will be the liaison with the academic support unit. I expect him to coordinate and work with everyone involved with the basketball program. He will be very close with the players and will get to know them on a personal level. He is also a close personal friend. The excitement and positive energy he will bring to the program will be great."
At Memphis, Allison, was in charge of the John Calipari Basketball School -- the coach's summer camps -- and clinics, as well as updating Calipari's web site, www.coachcalipari.com. Allison was also involved in other areas of basketball operations. The 2007-08 season was Allison's third year on the Tigers' operations staff. The Columbus, Ohio, native's first stint with Calipari and the Memphis program was from 2001-03 as a graduate assistant.
This past season, Allison was an integral part of the magical Tiger campaign, which culminated with the 2008 NCAA Tournament championship game. The NCAA Final Four appearance was the Tigers' first since 1985, and the NCAA title contest was the program's first 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.
Allison served on staff during some of the Tigers' most successful seasons. In 2006-07, Allison was a part of another record-setting campaign. The Tigers won a school-record tying 33 games for a second-straight season (33-4 record) and captured their second-consecutive Conference USA regular season and tournament titles. The back-to-back outright regular season crowns were a first for the Memphis program, and the consecutive tournament championships were the Tigers first since they won two-straight Metro Conference Tournaments in 1984 and 1985. Memphis advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight for a second-straight year (2006, 2007), marking the first time in school history that happened.
The 2006-07 Tigers also pulled a first in Conference USA history. Memphis posted a perfect 16-0 regular season mark and captured the league's postseason tournament. The Tigers were the second squad in C-USA history to go 16-0 in the regular season as Cincinnati did so in 1999-2000. That Bearcat team, though, did not win the Conference USA Tournament title. The Tigers received a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and finished in the top 10 in both national polls (No. 5/AP; No. 7/ESPN-USA Today).
The 2005-06 season went down as one of the most storied in school history. Memphis posted a 33-4 record and won the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles. The 33 victories set a school single-season record for victories and the sweep of the conference regular season and tournament crowns was accomplished for the first time since 1984-85. The 2005-06 Memphis squad earned the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament No. 1 seed and advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1992.
In 2001-02, Memphis went 27-9 and won the National Invitation Tournament crown, and the following campaign (2002-03), the Tigers earned their first NCAA Tournament berth since 1996.
In between his Memphis stints, Allison was the Director of Basketball Operations at Western Kentucky in 2003-04. Prior to his first time at Memphis, Allison was an assistant coach at Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio. He was also the head coach of the program's junior varsity squad.
Allison, 31, (born Dec. 12, 1976) earned a bachelor's degree in Education from Youngstown State University in 2000. He is the son of Al and B.J. Allison, and has a sister, Beth.
Shyrone Chatman joins one of his mentors at UMass, in Derek Kellogg, where he will serve as the director of player personnel with the Minutemen. Chatman, will be 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. 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.
Chatman, 29 (born July 31, 1978) has a daughter, Hannah (4), and a son, Micah (2).