A highly-respected coach and teacher with a wealth of basketball experience, Mark Macon enters his second season at the helm of Binghamton's basketball program in 2010-11. He was named interim head men's basketball coach on October 14, 2009 after serving the previous two seasons as an assistant coach for the Bearcats. On February 9, 2011 he was given a three-year contract and shed the "interim" label..
In 2009-10, Macon restored a sense of calm and confidence to a team that lost four starters just weeks before the start of the season. Picked to finish dead-last in the standings, his Bearcats instead knocked off every team in the America East and finished in fifth place with an 8-8 conference record. Macon also nurtured the program's first America East Rookie of the Year and a first-team conference all-star.
What Mark did was the
best job in college basketball, Hall of Fame coach John
Chaney said of Macons work with the Bearcats last season.
For him to rise like the phoenix out of the ashes was unbelievable.
Veteran coach Don Anderson begins his fourth season with the Bearcats basketball program in 2010-2011.
A dedicated and passionate professional, Anderson played a pivotal role in the surprising success of the 2009-10 team. Amid roster changes and hardship that tested the program's resolve, Anderson's teaching and inspiration lifted shorthanded BU to an 8-8 conference season and fifth place finish.
Anderson has more than 26 years of college coaching experience, including a stint at fellow America East member UMBC. Prior to that, he was the Senior Associate Head Coach at Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland for four years. Anderson also coached 13 years at Mount St. Mary's College (Maryland) under the tutelage of legendary coach Jim Phelan. Anderson was the Head Coach at Gettysburg College, a Division III program from 1985-1989.
At Mount St. Mary's, Anderson helped guide the Mount to two NCAA bids (1995 & 1999) and an NIT bid (1996).
Anderson was a four-year starter and 1,000 point scorer and was selected to the All-Era Team at Franklin and Marshall College.
Don lives in Binghamton with his son, Malcolm (age 15).
Former FDU associate head coach Ron Brown begins his first season at Binghamton in 2010-11.
Brown was responsible for scouting and recruiting as the associate coach at FDU, where the Knights advanced to the Northeast Conference quarterfinals last season. His other duties included player development, monitoring academic progress, running practice and bench coaching. He worked at FDU for eight years with the highlight being a 20-win campaign in 2005-06 that ended with an NIT bid. That season included an NCAA-best 11-game win streak - the longest in 50 years at the school.
Prior to that, Brown worked four years as an assistant at LIU (1998-02) and one at Western Kentucky (1997-98). Brown served as head coach at Florida A&M for three seasons (1993-96) and produced the last Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) player to be drafted in the NBA in the last 20 years (Jerome James, 2nd round, 36th pick). During that span, Brown also was a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) congressman, a member of the CNN/USA Today board of coaches and was on coaches advisory staffs for Spalding and Reebok International.
He got his start in the college ranks as an assistant for Gale Catlett at West Virginia (1985-93), where he helped the Mountaineers advance to seven postseason tournaments in eight years (four NCAAs, three NITs).
"We are very excited to get a person with Ron's experience and credentials," interim athletics director Jim Norris said. "Everyone on the search committe was very impressed with Ron in a variety of areas, including his commitment to educating young people and his passion for basketball. We've been told he's a first-class person, a solid family man and a real people-person. We think he'll be a great fit for our program."
Brown has mentored 15 student-athletes who have gone on to play professionally, including James, who finished the 2009-10 NBA season with the Chicago Bulls.
He earned a bachelor's degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 1976.
Ronald and his wife, Patricia, have two children: Ronald II and Regann Marie.
Former University of District of Columbia head coach Julius Smith begins his first season at Binghamton in 2010-11.
Smith, a native of Washington, D.C., has 25 years of collegiate coaching experience, most recently as the head coach at District of Columbia. His UDC teams produced double-digit wins in three of four years, highlighted by a 20-9 campaign in 2006-07. He also served as interim director of athletics at UDC in 2007-08.
Before that, Smith served as an assistant to head coach Mike Davis at Indiana University (2000-01) and also was mentored by Charles "Lefty" Driesell at James Madison (1989-91). His other collegiate stops were at Georgia Technical Institute (1980-81), Georgia State (1981-82), West Georgia (1982-86), Mississippi State (1986-89), Tulane (1991-99) and Southeastern Louisiana (1999-00). Smith was an assistant at Tulane for eight seasons under head coach Perry Clark.
"We are pleased to add Julius Smith to our coaching staff," interim athletics director Jim Norris said. "Julius has a wealth of experience and will be a nice addition to the solid staff we've formed this summer. Everyone on the search committee was impressed with Julius and confident he will be an outstanding teacher/coach for our program."
Smith also worked as program director of the technology center with the National Urban League of Greater New Orleans (2001-02) and also served an independent consultant for three years, evaluating prospects for professional teams and also providing expertise for universities.
He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Morehouse College in 1979.