ORANGEBURG, SC—South Carolina State University has named former Memphis assistant Tony Madlock, as its next head men's basketball coach. The announcement was made Thursday (March 25) by .Athletics Director Stacy Danley.
"During this process we were able to look at a number of potential candidates," Danley said. "Tony Madlock, who I have had the opportunity to know and evaluate as a person and coach for over10 years, is everything we were looking for: winning with integrity, amazing pedigree, incredible understanding of what it takes to win, and experience as the architect of several nationally ranked recruiting classes. He is a teacher, evaluator, recruiter and first class coach. He is the kind of coach that I would want my son to play for.”
Madlock, who has 25 years of experience as a college assistant and one season (2017-18) as interim head coach at Ole Miss, spent four seasons with the Rebels prior to Memphis.
During his time at Memphis, he re-united with head coach Penny Hardaway, a teammate of his with the Tigers during the 1991-92 season. Madlock and Hardaway helped the Tigers reach the Elite Eight in 1992.
As an assistant coach on the Tiger staff, he helped guide Memphis into a national powerhouse from 2018-present, with the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation in 2019.
While at Ole Miss, 2015-17, Madlock helped guide the Rebels to back-to-back 20-win seasons, including a trip to the NIT Quarterfinals. He coached the Rebels' Sebastian Saiz to all-league honors and to a record-breaking senior season, as well as Stefan Moody, who earned first team All-SEC honors for two years straight.