Coaching Staff

 

Randy Peele
Assistant Coach

Veteran coach Randy Peele joined the Tigers staff in the summer of 2018. Peele has been to three NCAA Tournaments as a head coach and spent four season as the Associate Head Coach for the Tennessee State men's basketball team (2014-18) under Dana Ford.

Arriving in Nashville in July of 2014, Peele was the team's primary post coach, and his responsibilities included recruiting, player development, scouting, game planning, academic assistance and day-to-day operations of the program.

In his four years at Tennessee State, Peele helped rebuild the Tigers into one of the top teams in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Tigers posted a 57-65 record, including a 52-39 mark of the his final three seasons. TSU’s 2015-16 team, which earned a trip to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, put together a 20-11 record, just the program’s third 20-win season at the Division I level.

Peele, who came to TSU with 29 years of coaching experience, guided UNC Greensboro to the 1996 NCAA Tournament before leading Winthrop to NCAA Tournament berths in 2008 and 2010. He is the only coach in Big South history to take two different teams to the NCAA Tournament.

In his first season as a Division I head coach, Peele led UNC Greensboro to a 20-win season at the 1996 NCAA Tournament. He served as head coach of the Spartans from 1995-99.

Peele went on to serve as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech from 1999-02 under Ricky Stokes as the Hokies transitioned from the Atlantic 10 to the Big East.

His career then took him to Rock Hill, S.C. where he worked as an assistant coach for Gregg Marshall at Winthrop for five seasons from 2003-07. Peele was promoted to Head Coach of the Eagles when Marshall took over the program at Wichita State.

Peele guided Winthrop for five seasons (2007-12), winning the Big South Regular Season and Tournament Championship to earn an NCAA Tournament berth during the 2007-08 season. He also led Winthrop to the Big South Tournament Championship in 2009-10 for Peele’s third NCAA Tournament appearance as a head coach.

He has also made assistant coaching stops at St. Michael’s College in Vermont (1983-85), UT Martin (1985-88), Campbell (1988-1991) and UNCG (1991-1995). Most recently, Peele was an assistant coach at Georgia Southern during the 2013-14 season.

Peele graduated from Virginia Wesleyan in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and history. He is married to the former Debra Carter and they have three children, Aaron, Brad and Blair.

 

Kenneth Mangrum
Assistant Coach

Kenneth Mangrum joined the Tigers coaching staff in the summer of 2018. Prior to arriving at TSU he spent four seasons as a member the UT Arlington men's basketball coaching staff as an assistant from 2015-18 under head coach Scott Cross.
 
Mangrum arrived at UT Arlington in September, 2014 after serving as an assistant on Jason Hooten's staff at Sam Houston State. A former standout player at North Texas, Mangrum joined SHSU in September 2013.
 
Mangrum also spent four seasons as an assistant at Angelo State under Fred Rike, who coached Scott Cross in 1994-95 at Tyler Junior College. After earning his bachelor's degree from UNT in 2002, Mangrum worked three years as a graduate assistant on the Mean Green coaching staff. He was also an instructor in UNT's Department of Kinesiology until receiving his master's degree in kinesiology in spring 2005.
 
Known as a defensive specialist during his playing days at UNT, Mangrum also led the squad in free-throw percentage as a junior and was selected to the Indiana Hoosier Classic All-Tournament Team the same season.
 
The Waco native coached two seasons at Athens High School, including the 2006-07 year as the Hornets' head boy's basketball coach. Mangrum and his wife, Leah, have two daughters, Brianna and Makaira and one son, Kendin.

 

Shyrone Chatman
Assistant Coach

Shyrone Chatman joined the Texas Southern Men’s Basketball staff in the Fall of 2017 after previously serving as an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts.

Chatman brought a dedication to on-court improvement and relentless recruiting efforts to the UMass coaching staff with an elevation to his assistant position prior to the 2011-12 season. His direction yielded immediate returns at the guard position while his recruiting efforts helped UMass net a nationally ranked and highly respected class for the 2016-17 season - the top-rated group in the Atlantic 10.

The recruiting footprint Chatman built upon extended its reach nationally from the Northeast region down the Atlantic Seaboard, throughout the southern states and into the Southwest United States. Chatman's dedication on the recruiting trail and his ability to build and maintain excellent relationships earned the Minutemen great returns with key former, current and incoming players.

After moving to his role as a full-time assistant with recruiting and on-floor coaching responsibilities, UMass produced 101 victories, posted three 20-win seasons and in 2014, made the school's first NCAA Tournament trip since the 1997-98 campaign. With Chatman's help, the Minutemen also made a pair of NIT appearances, including an NIT Final Four showing in 2012, and reached the Atlantic 10 Tournament semifinals on two occasions.

In 2007-08, Chatman, served as the assistant to the recruiting coordinator at Memphis when the Tigers made their historic run to the NCAA Championship game. Chatman helped organize on-campus recruiting visits, handled recruiting mail-outs and updated the recruiting database. He was also involved in additional areas of the program's day-to-day operations.

Although he played only one season for Naismith Hall of Fame inductee John Calipari, the 6-foot-4 guard flourished in his final campaign as a Tiger in 2000-01. In Calipari's first year as Memphis' head coach, Chatman started 29 of 36 games and helped lead the Tigers to a 21-15 record and the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) Final Four. He averaged 9.2 points and 3.1 boards and dished out 165 assists.

 

Johnnie Williams
Director of Operations

Johnnie Williams was named the Director of Operations for the TSU Basketball program prior to the 2018-19 campaign. Williams brings an extensive basketball resume to the Tigers program.

Throughout his career, he has been able to view the sport of basketball from a student-athlete, coach and administrators point of view. He has experience with several programs he’s coordinated coaching and operations with and this skill set should help transcend TSU to even greater heights.

Williams has eight years of coaching experience between the high school and collegiate levels. He has also spent time as an assistant coach at Illinois Central College, Grambling State University, and Benedictine-Springfield University.

He served as the head coach at Holt High School and assistant coach at Kirkwood High School. During his time as a collegiate coach he helped produce multiple All-Conference players at the NCAA-Division I and NCAA-Division II levels.

Williams thrives in creating programs to further the growth and education of the student-athletes he works with, all while promoting the athletic program through various programs such as community events, public speaking, fundraising events and marketing. Throughout his career he has demonstrated the passion to work with men’s basketball programs to meet all operational requirements and functions.

As a student-athlete Williams played basketball at Marion High School from 1987-90 before playing one year at Creighton University. He would go on to finish his collegiate career at Morehead University where he scored a total of 1083 points, along with 222 assists and 378 rebounds.

Williams resides in Katy with wife Adrea, and children Jazmyn, Olivia, and Johnnie III.

 

Derek Saich
Video Coordinator

Derek Saich joined Texas Southern in the summer of 2018. Prior to arriving at TSU he served as the video coordinator for the University of Nevada men’s basketball team.  Saich joined the Wolf Pack after spending two seasons as video coordinator at Santa Barbara with additional duties as the Gauchos director of academics this past season.
 
As the director of academics he was responsible for overseeing player academics, coordinating study hall, tutoring players and evaluating transcripts of incoming recruits.
 
Saich’s duties as the video coordinator included the breakdown of game and practice film, coding of games, opponent scouting and producing recruit videos.
 
In 2015-16 he worked as a member of the fan experience gameday staff at Stanford where he managed in-venue activation, promotions, and fan engagement activities.  He assisted the marketing staff to coordinate successful events.

From 2012-15 he was a student manager and video coordinator at Santa Barbara.  The video coordinator duties began his junior year while working on his undergraduate degree.  He assisted with practice, team and individual drills, oversaw opponent shootarounds, and worked as a counselor at team camps.

The Placerville, Calif. native earned his bachelor’s degree in biopsychology from Santa Barbara in 2015.

 

Michael Irokansi
Graduate Assistant