Texas A&M men’s basketball head coach Buzz Williams, who was hired in early April, completed his staff, he announced Tuesday.
Jamie McNeilly is associate head coach. The assistant coaches are Devin Johnson and Lyle Wolf.
McNeilly, who played for Williams at New Orleans, was part of Williams’ coaching staff at Marquette for six seasons and Virginia Tech for five seasons. McNeilly also has spent several years as an assistant coach for with the Canadian Men’s Basketball National Team. McNeilly was a standout collegiate player for the Privateers, earning Sun Belt all-conference recognition as a junior and making the league’s academic honor roll following his senior year. After earning a bachelor’s degree from UNO in interdisciplinary studies in 2007, the Toronto native played professionally in Germany in 2007-08.
Johnson began his career as a student-assistant for Williams at New Orleans. Johnson served as an assistant coach last season at Virginia Tech after spending the previous four seasons as Tech’s director of player personnel. Johnson spent two seasons at Marquette, carrying out community initiatives, summer camps and the program’s video needs.
Wolf was a graduate assistant for Williams at Marquette when he began his collegiate coaching career. He spent the 2018-19 season as Virginia Tech’s director of men’s basketball operations after previously serving as the assistant to the head coach and director of student-athlete development.
Other members of Williams’ staff are Dale Layer, special assistant to the head coach; Vince Walden, director of basketball operations; Luke Hillin, director of internal operations; Josh Chambers, director of creative design and branding; Baylie Stous,director of basketball administration; Mike Ekanem, director of scouting; Joe Fulce, player relations coordinator; Eddie Benion, associate athletic trainer; David Jackson, director of sports performance; Bryan Davis and Dillon Elder, graduate assistants; and TJ Ryan, program aide.
The 46-year-old Williams, who was an assistant A&M from 2004-06 under Billy Gillispie, is 253-155 in 12 seasons, going 14-17 at New Orleans, 139-69 at Marquette and 100-69 at Virginia Tech. He’s made eight NCAA tournaments, including four Sweet 16 appearances and an Elite Eight.
Williams replaces Billy Kennedy, who was 151-116 in eight season with the Aggies, making two NCAA tournaments, both of which were Sweet 16 appearances.