TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (August 8) – Florida A&M University head men’s basketball coach Byron Samuels formally announced the appointments of Bruce M. Martin, Donald L. Anderson and Aaron Holmes to his coaching staff.
This seasoned coaching trio, lauded Thursday by Samuels for their superb blend of work experience, basketball teaching ability and strong work ethic, will immediately join forces with the new FAMU head coach in his Rattler Basketball renaissance efforts.
Martin, who has served as a head coach both on the collegiate level at Davis & Elkins College in Ohio (2009-13), and in the European League with the Ockelbo (Sweden) Basketball Club (2004-05), comes to FAMU from the University of Wyoming, where he spent the past school year as an academic advisement coordinator for Men’s Basketball and Swimming and Diving.
His resume includes assistant coaching tours at the University of Texas-Pan American (2007-09); at his alma mater, Clemson University (1998-2003); at the University of Wyoming (1997-98); and Francis Marion University (1995-97).
Martin assisted on two National Invitational Tournament coaching staffs, the 1998 Wyoming club, and the Clemson squad which reached the NIT title game in 1999.
A 1995 graduate of Clemson University, Martin will be reunited with Samuels, for whom he worked as an assistant coach at Radford (Va.) University (2006-07).
Anderson, comes to FAMU from Jacksonville (Fla.) University, where he had been the Dolphins’ Director of Basketball Operations since July of 2012.
He served as head coach at Gettysburg College from 1985 to 1989, before moving to Mount Saint Mary’s College as senior assistant head coach from 1989 to 2002, where he helped them reached the NCAA Tournament in 1995 and 1999, as well as the National Invitational Tournament in 1996.
A graduate of Franklin and Marshall College (1982), Anderson also served a stint in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), as the senior associate head coach at Coppin (Md.) State University under legendary firebrand Ron “Fang” Mitchell, from 2002 to 2006. He helped guide the Eagles to the 2003-04 MEAC regular season title and a berth in the 2004 MEAC Tournament finals against FAMU.
Prior to landing at Jacksonville, Anderson turned in a five-year run as an assistant coach at Binghamton University (2007-2012), helping lead them to the 2009 NCAA Tournament. He also worked one season as an assistant coach at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (2006-07).
Holmes, is a St. Petersburg, Florida native, who comes to FAMU his high school alma mater, Catholic High School, where he had served as boys head coach this past school year (2013-14).
A Tulane University graduate (2011), who began his collegiate playing career at Florida State (2006-07), Holmes’ resume includes a brief stint as an assistant basketball coach at Tampa’s Berkley Preparatory High School (2011-12); three years as founder and director of the Aaron Holmes Elite Basketball Academy (2011-14).
He also served as the director and head coach of the Team Marreese Speights AAU team in Tampa (2011-14), and worked as a high school teacher at Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg (2013-14).
BYRON SAMUELS’ QUOTES ON ASSISTANT COACHES
“I love Bruce’s enthusiasm for life, and his appreciation for the little things around us. His outlook is uplifting. Twice a head coach, Bruce did a phenomenal job for me at Radford University. He adds value to our program because he has worked in a variety of roles in our profession. He is a good teacher of the game, a good recruiter and he cares about young people.”
“Coach Anderson is a 30-year coaching veteran who I’ve known for over twenty years. I have always admired his intelligence, patience and understanding of our profession. Don will relate well with our players, administration, faculty and staff. His ability to connect with people will serve our program and the FAMU community well. Another good teacher and recruiter, Don has ties along the eastern seaboard that are very important to us.”
“Aaron was one of the hardest workers and most astute players I have ever coached. He is well thought of among high school coaches in the State of Florida, as well as by AAU Coaches regionally and nationally. He is an excellent skill development guy, and brings an unbelievable amount of energy and passion to our staff. His knowledge of the game, his work ethic and wealth of contacts are very important to our program.”