Florida A&M tabs 26-year coaching veteran Byron Samuels as head coach
Collegiate coaching veteran Byron Samuels will embark on a new chapter in his career with his appointment as head coach at Florida A&M.
Samuels comes to FAMU from Georgia, where he served as the basketball operations coordinator since June 2013.
While at Georgia, Samuels was responsible for oversight of the players' day-to-day schedules and their academic performance, assisting with the program's on-campus recruiting efforts, summer camps and community outreach.
A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Samuels has built an extensive coaching resume spanning 11 schools in 26 years. His career experiences include three head coaching posts, two at four-year schools, and one in the junior college ranks.
Samuels' first head coaching job came at Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference member Hampton. During his two-year stint (1995-97), he helped the Pirates with their transition to NCAA Division I status.
His teams broke 14 team and individual records and both of his recruiting classes were ranked No. 1 in the MEAC.
Samuels left Hampton in 1997 to join his college coach, Jerry Green, as an assistant on his staff at Tennessee. In each of their four years at UT, the Vols earned NCAA tournament berths, highlighted by an SEC co-championship and a Sweet 16 appearance in 2000.
Samuels was the head coach at Radford from 2002-07 after serving one season there as an assistant coach. His tenure with the Highlanders included an appearance in the league's tournament championship game, as well as several player and team accolades, both on the court and in the classroom.
During the entirety of his coaching career, Samuels helped guide six teams to postseason bids. In addition to the four Tennessee squads, teams at Washington State and Tulsa earned NIT berths.