South Carolina men’s basketball coach Frank Martin has promoted longtime assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Matt Figger to be his associate head coach.
Figger replaces the void left when Brad Underwood was hired as Stephen F. Austin’s head coach in April. Figger has worked as Martin’s assistant since 2007, going back to the coach’s time at Kansas State.
“Upon losing Brad Underwood the decision to promote Matt Figger to associate head coach was an easy one,” Martin said in a statement released by the university Wednesday. “Matt has been with me from day one at Kansas State, and he is as ready as anyone can be to take on head coaching duties. I’m excited for what he brings to our program every single day, and he’ll remain responsible for the same things that he has done up to this point. I just want everyone to understand and know – players, and everyone who is around us – that Matt is ready to take on the challenge of being a head coach.”
Prior to Kansas State, Figger had a brief stint as the director of operations at Arkansas (April-June 2007), which followed five seasons as an assistant coach at South Alabama for John Pelphrey (2003-07), among other stops.