Hall of Fame
Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
Ben Betts
Assistant Coach

Ben Betts returns to the collegiate ranks after spending a year as the Director of Basketball at the Spectrum Sports Academy in Roanoke, Va.

Betts will serve as our recruiting coordinator, handling game day scouting reports and assignments. He will participate with player development and individual workouts with the guards and wing players.

"We are getting one of the highest character people I know in the business with Ben Betts," said TSU head coach Travis Williams. "His recruiting reputation speaks for itself. He is a former head coach and assistant coach on the mid and major level. His basketball smarts and relationships are going to be a great asset to our program."

At Spectrum, Betts oversaw semiprivate training sessions with athletes and helped organize camps for the sports academy.

Before his one-year stint at Spectrum, Betts spent five seasons as an assistant at the University of Oklahoma.

While serving under head coach Jeff Capel, Betts helped guide the Sooners to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, including an Elite Eight showing in 2009. During the 2008-09 season, the Sooners were the preseason National Invitational Tournament (NIT) Champions.

OU posted a 96-69 record during the five years while Betts served as an assistant. Betts also coached 2009 No. 1 overall NBA draft pick Blake Griffin as the Sooners fell a game shy of the Final Four.

Before reuniting with Capel at OU in 2006, Betts served as the head coach at South Carolina State for three years.

An assistant under Capel at VCU during the 2002-03 season when the Rams went 18-10 overall and 12-6 in the Colonial Athletic Association, Betts guided his three South Carolina State teams to a combined 51-39 (.567) overall record and a 36-18 (.667) Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference mark.

Betts, whose three SCSU squads all made conference tournament semifinals appearances, coached his first team to an 18-11 record and the 2004 MEAC regular season title. The Bulldogs posted a 19-12 record in 2004-05 and notched a 20-point win over Big Ten member Penn State and a 10-point victory over the ACC's Miami (Fla.). They finished 14-16 in 2005-06.

Prior to his one-year stint at VCU, Betts spent five seasons (1997-2002) as an assistant coach at College of Charleston under John Kresse where he helped the Cougars to a 119-31 (.793) record and a 64-16 (.800) conference mark. College of Charleston made NCAA Tournament appearances in 1998 and 1999 and won conference or division crowns each of his five years there. A win over third-ranked North Carolina highlighted a 1998-99 campaign that saw the Cougars go 28-3 overall and 16-0 in the Southern Conference. They finished the year ranked No. 16 in the AP poll.

Before his College of Charleston term, Betts spent seven seasons (1990-97) as an assistant at South Carolina State under longtime head coach Cy Alexander. Included was a stint as interim head coach from February to October in 1995.

During his initial tenure at SCSU, the Bulldogs posted five winning seasons, including a 22-8 record in 1995-96 when the squad tied for the MEAC regular season title, won the conference tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Betts, a Madison Heights, Va., native, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from Roanoke College in 1990. As a player, he was a four-year letterwinner at Roanoke and led the Maroons to the NCAA Division III playoffs in the 1986-87 season.

Betts earned a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling from South Carolina State in 1997.

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Position: Assistant Coach
Hometown: Madison Heights, Va.
Alma Mater: Roanoke College
Graduating Year: 1990
Experience: 1 Year
Phone: 615.963.5905
Email: bbetts2@tnstate.edu
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