Benford new coach at UNT, Swopshire tranfers
North Texas has Tony Benford as its new head coach.
The 48-year-old Marquette associate head coach had been a finalist for the SMU job that went to Larry Brown and had been approached by the school to be a coach-in-waiting on Brown’s staff.
“I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity of taking over the basketball program at North Texas,” Benford said. “My philosophy is all about the players, and we will do everything in ensure that our players grow in the classroom, the community and on the court.”
Benford replaces Johnny Jones, who left North Texas after 11 seasons to return to LSU as head coach. Jones had gone 190-146 in six seasons with the Mean Green, including two Sun Belt Conference tournament titles.
—Former Wake Forest star Randolph Childress has been named the Demon Deacons’ director of player development.
Childress had spent nearly a year as an assistant to athletic director Ron Wellman.
Childress “exemplifies our vision of winning championships without compromising our values,” head basketball coach Jeff Bzdelik said in a statement.
During his playing days, Childress made a Wake Forest-record 329 3-pointers from 1990-95, was the MVP of the 1995 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. He is second in school history with 2,208 career points.
—Northwestern University has added Louisville transfer Jared Swopshire and incoming freshman Alex Olah to the roster for next season, the school announced Wednesday.
Swopshire averaged 3.3 points and 2.8 rebounds as a senior last season. He sat out the previous season after having surgery for a serious groin injury. He’s transferring because Louisville doesn’t have an open scholarship available.
Olah, a 7-foot center from Romania, guided Traders Point Christian Academy to two straight Indiana Christian Schools state championships. He averaged 18.5 points, 13.1 rebounds and 4.6 blocks as a senior.