Byron Samuels, a veteran of the collegiate ranks whose career includes three head coaching posts, was named Basketball Operations Coordinator in June of 2013.
In his new position, Samuels will direct a number of tasks, including the players' day-to-day schedules and their academic performance, as well as assisting with the program's on-campus recruiting efforts, summer camps and community outreach.
For Samuels, a native of Winston-Salem, N.C., Georgia represents the tenth school in a coaching career that has spanned the past 25 years. He earned his B.S. degree in Personnel Management from UNC-Asheville in 1986 and his master's in Education from Western Carolina four years later.
Samuels' first head coaching job came at Hampton University. 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 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Samuels left Hampton in 1997 to join his college coach, Jerry Green, as an assistant on Green's 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. Over the entirety of his coaching career, Samuels helped guide six teams to post-season bids. In addition to the four Tennessee squads, teams at Washington State and Tulsa reached earned NIT berths.
Samuels was the head coach at Radford University from 2003-07 after serving one season there as an assistant coach. His tenure with the Highlanders included an appearance in the league's tournament championship game and several player and team accolades, both on the court and in the classroom.
Most recently, Samuels was an assistant at South Florida for two seasons (2007-09), followed by two years as Assistant AD and head coach at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa (2010-12). In the latter position, he coached recent Bulldog center John Florveus. Before coming to UGA, Samuels founded a non-profit mentoring organization and was a board member and area representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for two years.
Samuels' coaching career also includes assistant stops at Washington State (1994-95) and UNC-Wilmington (1990-91 and again in 1992-94), as well as graduate assistant posts at Tulsa (1990) and Western Carolina (1989).
Samuels is married to the former Beverlyn Wright. The couple has two children, a daughter, Eryn (20), a junior at East Tennessee State, and a son, Evan (14).