TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida A&M University (FAMU) announced today that former University of Oregon men's basketball assistant Robert McCullum will be the school's next head men's basketball coach.
A seasoned veteran with an impressive résuméspanning more than 30 years, McCullum comes to FAMU after spending the last three seasons at Oregon, which made its first trip to the Final Four in 78 years this past April.
McCullum's career, which is highlighted by head coaching assignments at Western Michigan and the University of South Florida, has been defined by the successful total development of his student-athletes in the classroom and on the court.
Milton Overton Jr., FAMU's director of Athletics, says he's excited about the possibilities for Rattler basketball under McCullum's leadership.
“Coach McCullum has a successful history of recruiting Final Four-level talent in two of the states important to FAMU's Basketball success – Georgia and Florida.,” Overton said. “McCullum's international connections will allow FAMU to expand its recruiting base globally and provide professional basketball opportunities for our exiting players.”
At both Western Michigan and South Florida, McCullum implemented class attendance policies and procedures that resulted in dramatic improvements in academic performance, earning both schools recognition on the conference level for highest team GPA and individual academic achievement.
In seven seasons as a head coach, 18 of the 23 players he recruited into his programs finished their eligibility and graduated within five years. During his career, he developed more than a dozen players who advanced to the NBA, including a number of first and second round draft picks.
While at Western Michigan (2000-03), McCullum built the Broncos program into one of the best in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) during his three seasons (2000-03), leading them to 20 wins and a National Invitational Tournament berth in 2003.
From there, he served as the head coach at South Florida (2003-07), overseeing the Bulls' transition from Conference USA to the Big East.
The new FAMU coach also served two stints as an assistant at South Alabama (1982-83 and 1984-87) and one year at Samford (1983-84). He moved on to Southern Illinois from 1987-89, where he helped the Salukis achieve a 20-win season and the school's first post-season bid in 11 years.
~MEAC Media Relations