Martin starts to build coaching staff

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State head men’s basketball coach Frank Martin began the process of assembling his first coaching staff onWednesday with the retention of three members of the previous staff.

Martin announced the promotion of director of basketball operations Brad Underwood to a full-time assistant coach and video coordinator Andy Assaley (pronounced as Ass-uh-lee) to the vacated position of director of basketball operations. Martin also said Scott Greenawalt will remain on staff as the program’s strength and conditioning coach.

“Whenever you go and take on a challenge, it is always great to have people with you that you trust,” said Martin. “It couldn’t make me any happier that I have a group of guys in Dalonte, Brad, Andy and Scott that believe in me and each other. They understand the challenge that we are taking on and they are as excited as me to be completing the job of returning K-State basketball back to prominence.”

Underwood returns to the assistant coach ranks after spending the past season as the director of basketball operations under head coach Bob Huggins. In that role, he assisted in coordinating recruiting activities for the program, running the Bob Huggins Basketball Camps and organizing K-State coaching clinics. In addition, he coordinated all team travel and oversaw special projects for the basketball office.

A former Wildcat letterman, Underwood brings over 18 years of coaching experience to his new position at K-State, including stints as a head coach at the junior college level at both Dodge City ( Kan.) Community College (1989-93) and Daytona Beach ( Fla.) Community College (2003-06). In between those stints, he was the top assistant to head coach Jim Kerwin at Western Illinois from 1992-2003.

Underwood joined the coaching staff on May 16, 2006 after spending previous three seasons as the head coach at Daytona Beach Community College in Daytona Beach, Fla. He helped guide the Falcons to a 70-24 (.745) overall record, including three consecutive 20-win seasons, and two Mid-Florida Conference Championships from 2003-06. Underwood was twice selected as the Mid-Florida Conference Coach of the Year following the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons. He saw 14 players go on to receive scholarships at four-year programs, including Travis Aikens (Marshall), Demetrius Green (Middle Tennessee State), David Lawrence (College of Charleston), Solomon Jones (South Florida) and Blake Young (K-State). An honorable mention All-BIG EAST selection at USF in 2006, Jones was selected in the second round of the NBA Draft by Atlanta Hawks.

In 2005-06, Underwood guided Daytona Beach to a 25-5 overall record and a runner-up finish in Mid-Florida Conference play with a 12-3 mark. He helped six players earn Mid-Florida Conference honors, including two first team all-league selections, as well as conference player of the year Blake Young. Young went on to earn honorable mention All-America accolades from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and first team Region VIII accolades. Young and Demetrius Green were both rated among the top 25 players in the country by JucoJunction.com.

“Brad brings a wealth of knowledge to our staff,” said Martin. “He understands the state of Kansas and this university. He has been a Division I recruiter for 10 years and he has been a head coach (at the junior college level for seven years), so he has a feel for what I am looking for in an assistant coach.”

Underwood guided the Falcons to back-to-back Mid-Florida Conference Championships in 2003-04 and 2004-05. His 2004-05 squad produced a 24-10 overall record and runner-up finish in Region VIII. Six players earned all-conference accolades, including four first team selections. David Lawrence was also selected to the NJCAA All-Region VIII first team as well as the Florida Community College Athletic Association (FCCAA) All-State team. Underwood’s first team collected a 21-9 overall mark and produced one NJCAA All-Region VIII first team selection.

Prior to his stint at Daytona Beach, Underwood spent 10 years as an assistant coach at Western Illinois under head coach Jim Kerwin. The Leathernecks produced a 135-174 (.437) overall record from 1992-2003, including a 79-97 (.449) mark in Mid-Continent Conference play. The team advanced to the finals of the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament three straight seasons (1995, 1996, 1997) and achieved five consecutive seasons of winning at least 16 games. Underwood helped coach 12 all-conference players, including four first team selections, and four named to the All-Newcomer Team.

After a rocky first couple of seasons, Underwood helped Western Illinois to one of its most successful three-year periods as the Leathernecks posted a 56-30 (.651) overall record and three consecutive second-place finishes in Mid-Continent Conference play. In 1994-95, the team registered a 13-win improvement en route to posting just the school’s ninth 20-win season and its first in 12 years. The Leathernecks lost the first of three tournament championship games in triple overtime to Valparaiso.

Underwood earned his first head coaching position in 1988 at Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, Kan. He spent four seasons as the program’s head coach, guiding the Conquistadors to a 62-60 (.508) overall record from 1988-92. His 1990-91 squad compiled a 23-9 record and were ranked as high as No. 4 in the nation.

Underwood earned his first coaching job at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, as he spent the 1986-87 season as a graduate assistant.

Underwood, 43, earned his bachelor’s degree in radio and television communications from Kansas State in 1986. He was a two-year lettermen and guard for the Wildcats from 1984-86 under the legendary Jack Hartman. He averaged 2.7 points on 37.2 percent shooting (35-of-94) during his two-year career with 0.9 assists and 0.8 rebounds in 39 games with eight starts.

Underwood transferred to K-State from Independence Community College in Independence, Kan., where he helped the Pirates to a 30-9 record and a runner-up finish at the 1984 National Junior College Tournament. He earned NJCAA All-Tournament team honors after scoring a season-high 30 points in the first round. He began his playing career at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, where he averaged 6.3 points and started six games as a true freshman in 1982.

A native of McPherson, Kan., Underwood is a 1982 graduate of McPherson High School, where he was a three-year standout in basketball. He averaged 25.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists as a senior en route to being named first team Class 5A and most valuable player of the Ark Valley League.

Underwood is married to the former Susan Price. The couple has one son, Tyler (10), and two daughters, Katie (6) and Ashley (5).

Assaley joined the K-State staff as video coordinator on April 26, 2006 after spending the previous five seasons at Cincinnati in a number of capacities, first for Bob Huggins in 2001-05 and then for Andy Kennedy in 2005-06. He joined the program in 2001 as an administrative assistant then was promoted to video coordinator two years later before spending the 2005-06 season as the assistant to the head coach. During his tenure, the Bearcats compiled a 119-44 (.730) record with four 20-win seasons and five consecutive postseason appearances, including four trips to the NCAA Tournament from 2002-05.

In his new position, Assaley will assist in coordinating recruiting activities for the program, running the Frank Martin Basketball Camps and organizing K-State coaching clinics. In addition, he will coordinate all team travel and oversee special projects for the basketball office. Assaley will also continue to manage all video operations for the team.

“I have been with Andy for three years now and I feel extremely comfortable that he will do a tremendous job in his new role,” said Martin.

During his stay at Cincinnati, Assaley played a major role in opponent scouting through extensive film breakdowns, game preparation and assisting in on-campus recruiting efforts. He also managed all video self-scout and film exchange. In addition, he served as the camp director for Bob Huggins’ summer basketball program at UC as well as assisted with the community outreach program.

Beginning with the 2005-06 season, Assaley took on additional responsibilities as an assistant to interim head coach Andy Kennedy. In this role, he assisted with on-court coaching, including game and practice planning, in addition to spending time on the road recruiting. In this season, Assaley helped Cincinnati post a 21-13 overall record and an eighth-place finish in its inaugural season in the 16-team BIG EAST Conference with an 8-8 mark. The Bearcats advanced to the postseason for the 17th consecutive season, where they were the top-seeded team in the newly-designed NIT. The team earned wins over Charlotte and Minnesota before losing to eventual champion South Carolina.

Before arriving at Cincinnati, Assaley spent six years as a junior varsity head coach and varsity assistant at Cincinnati Country Day School (1995-2001) under the legendary Howard Brownstein, who is winningest active high school coach in the city of Cincinnati with over 400 victories. Assaley helped the Country Day varsity team earn spots in the district finals of the state tournament in both 1999 and 2001, while his junior varsity squad completed a 20-0 campaign in 1999. In six seasons, his teams won a total of four Miami Valley Conference Championships.

In addition to his basketball duties at Country Day, Assaley was an advanced mathematics instructor at the Warren County Alternative School for four years from 1999 to 2003, working with at-risk students. He also served three years as the vice president of the Parish Council and Board of Trustees of the Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church from 2002 to 2005.

Assaley is also a veteran of the summer camp scene and has spent considerable time teaching and coaching at the prestigious Five-Star Basketball Camp and Cage Scope Blue Chip as well as camps at Louisville, Marquette and Wake Forest. He also ran the extensive basketball summer camp at Cincinnati.

Assaley, 33, received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cincinnati, earning his undergraduate degree in economics in 1996 and his master’s in labor and employee relations in 1998.

Assaley and his wife, Sarah, are the parents of three daughters, Cali (6), Isabella (2) and Payton (1). The couple is expecting their fourth child in early August.

Greenawalt joined the staff as strength and conditioning coach on April 26, 2006 after spending the previous eight years in the strength and conditioning department at Cincinnati, including the last seven as head assistant coach. He began his tenure at the school as a strength training intern in May 1999 before being promoted to assistant in July 2000. He coordinated all the weight training and conditioning for the men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and volleyball teams, while assisting with the football program.

During his tenure at Cincinnati, Greenawalt helped the men’s basketball program post a 144-54 (.727) record with five 20-win seasons and six postseason appearances, including five trips to the NCAA Tournament. He helped train seven professional basketball players, 13 NFL players and current Boston Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkillas in his time with the Bearcats. In addition, he assisted the women’s basketball team to a Conference USA Tournament Championship and five postseason appearances, including two NCAA Tournaments, while the women’s volleyball squad posted two Conference USA titles, four NCAA Tournaments appearances and six consecutive 20-win seasons.

“I will reiterate what Coach Huggins has said about Scott,” said Martin. “He is by far the best in the business for what he does. I think our success this past season is a direct indication of the job Scott Greenawalt does in the weight room. We don’t win 23 games last season without Scott Greenawalt.”

In his time at Cincinnati, Greenawalt helped design the strength and conditioning center in the new Varsity Village, which included layout and design as well as equipment purchasing with a budget of $1 million.

Prior to Cincinnati, Greenawalt was a graduate assistant football coach and the head strength coach at Ohio Northern in Ada, Ohio from August 1998 to May 1999. He helped the Polar Bears to a 7-3 overall record and a fourth-place finish in Ohio Athletic Conference, while coaching the team’s middle linebackers and assisting with special teams.

Greenawalt, 31, earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, in 1998. He was a four-year starter at linebacker for the Muskies from 1993-96, earning All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors three times and serving as team captain as a senior. Upon graduation, Greenawalt spent a year as assistant football coach at his alma mater (1997-98), working with the squad’s inside linebackers and assisting with all aspects of the strength program.

Greenawalt is currently engaged to Heather Truxel with a wedding planned for May.

Underwood, Assaley and Greenawalt join a coaching staff that already includes associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Dalonte Hill, who was hired on April 6. Martin has position to fill on his staff a third assistant coach and will do so at a later date.