Brad Autry Promoted To Men's Basketball Assistant Coach
May 29, 2012
Brad Autry, who joined the Marquette University men's basketball staff in 2008, has been promoted to the position of assistant coach for the upcoming 2012-13 campaign.
"Coach Autry was the first person I hired and during our tenure together he has been an integral part of all we have done, and he is more than deserving of this promotion," head coach Buzz Williams said. "He brings a skill set that I genuinely appreciate and admire and because of his tenure here, someone that everyone in our organization already has a relationship with. As our success has brought about some staff changes, I am very excited for what Brad brings to our program with his added responsibilities."
Autry served as the team's coordinator of student-athlete development in his first four seasons with the Golden Eagles.
"In an industry where the one thing you can count on is change, I feel very fortunate to have been able to keep the core of our staff together over the last four years," Williams said. "I believe there are several reasons for that, but most importantly, it has laid an extremely strong foundation for what our program has been about. Our program is not about me, or a specific staff member, or a player, it is about `US.'"
Autry owns nearly 20 years of experience at the collegiate level, having made successful stops at programs including Baylor, Tulsa and Arkansas-Little Rock. He has coached more than 30 players over the course of his career who have gone on to play in the professional ranks.
Autry arrived in Milwaukee after spending one year at Dekaney High School in Houston, Texas. He served as the fledgling program's head coach as DHS opened its doors in the fall of 2007. Autry directed the school's first team to a 22 - 10 season record and also helped guide his freshman team to the school's first district championship and undefeated record.
Prior to Dekaney, Autry spent four seasons as an assistant coach at UALR. He was the final hire of Steve Shields' original staff and played an integral role in the early success of the Shields era at UALR. The program claimed back-to-back divisional titles (2003-04 & 2004-05) in the Sun Belt Conference for the first time in school history and the roster during Autry's tenure featured several all-conference performers, including the league's freshman of the year and the nation's leading rebounder.
Autry was an assistant coach at Tulsa under Bill Self when the Golden Hurricane won the Western Athletic Conference championship in 2000 with a school-record 32 wins and a No. 9 national ranking while advancing to the NCAA Elite Eight. Before his time at Tulsa, Autry was an assistant coach for five seasons at Baylor in Waco, Texas. While at Baylor, Autry coached 1998 NBA first-round pick Brian Skinner for four years and helped the Bears to a school-record 11 consecutive wins (11-1 non-conference record) in 1996-97. Baylor finished 18-12 that season, its first in the Big 12 Conference.
Baylor's 1996 recruiting class was ranked as high as sixth in the nation, and the 1997-98 team recorded the school's best conference record and the highest league finish (fifth) since Baylor joined the Big 12. That finish remained the program's best for 10 seasons.
As a prep player, Autry was an Oklahoma all-state performer in football, basketball and track before continuing his playing career at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, where he graduated with his bachelor's degree in 1991.
While at NWOSU, Autry was a four-year basketball letterwinner (helped squad to league title in 1988, the program's first in 40 years), as well as an all-conference and all-district performer and the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1990.
Autry began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at University of Central Oklahoma, where he earned his master's degree in education, and was a part of a Lone Star Conference championship and the NCAA Division II national tournament in 1993.