COLUMBIA, S.C. – Artis Maddox, a successful coach who has served on the coaching staff of a national championship team, has been named the head men's basketball coach of the Benedict College Tigers. Director of Athletics Willie Washington made the announcement.
Maddox succeeds Fred Watson who left to become head men's basketball coach at Miles College.
Maddox comes to Benedict after serving as head coach at Florida Memorial University for the past three seasons. At Florida Memorial, he took over a program that had won just three games prior to his arrival and won 10 games in his first season. In just his second season, the Lions finished 18-8 overall in 2016-17, 13-3 in the Sun Conference, won the regular season title, defeated four ranked opponents, and was voted the Sun Conference Coach of the Year. Maddox guided Florida Memorial to the first-ever national ranking in school history during the 2016-17 season, and the Lions started the 2017-18 season ranked No. 14 nationally. FMU went 15-12 last season and had two players earn All-Conference honors.
Prior to his stint at Florida Memorial, Maddox spent nine seasons as an assistant coach at Mountain State University, where he helped lead the Cougars to the 2003-04 NAIA Division I national championship with a 38-1 record, the best record of any college or university in the country.
With Maddox on the basketball staff, the Cougars had an overall record of 277-38. During his tenure as an assistant at MSU, Coach Maddox won nine consecutive conference regular season titles, seven conference tournament championships, and advanced to the national tournament every season, making it to four semifinals and three championship games in nine seasons. MSU held the No. 1 ranking in the nation for over 70 weeks and ranked in the top 25 nationally for 134 consecutive weeks.
Maddox helped recruit and coach seven first-team All-Americans, four second-team All-Americans, five third-team All-Americans, eight honorable mention All-Americans and one National Player of the Year.