HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall University men’s basketball program has announced a significant addition to its coaching staff with the appointment of Justin Caldwell as the new assistant coach. The announcement was made by head coach Dan D’Antoni on Friday.
“We are delighted to have Justin Caldwell join us,” said D’Antoni. “His vast experience as both a coach and community leader will undoubtedly enhance our players’ college experience, contribute to our recruiting efforts, and make a positive impact on the court.”
Caldwell comes to Marshall University after a successful tenure as the head coach at Glenville State, where he served for five seasons. With a proven track record of success, his coaching style aligns well with D’Antoni’s up-tempo approach, which is known for its fast-paced and exciting gameplay.
One of Caldwell’s key responsibilities will be building and strengthening community relationships, a task he will share with Neal Scaggs, the Director of Basketball Operations. D’Antoni believes that Caldwell’s involvement will be instrumental in engaging the players with the local Tri-State community and fostering a sense of connection throughout the state of West Virginia.
During Caldwell’s time at Glenville State, the team achieved impressive statistics on the court, boasting an average of 95.5 points per game in the 2021 season and holding a national ranking as high as No. 13. Additionally, the team consistently showcased their prowess from beyond the arc, averaging 12 three-pointers per game during both the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons. Notably, the 2022-23 team led the nation in this category.
Caldwell’s coaching acumen also had a profound impact on individual players. His mentorship led to the success of John Williams, an NCAA Division II All-American and two-time All-MEC performer. Furthermore, he played a crucial role in developing former Marshall player Phil Bledsoe, who earned two-time All-MEC First Team honors.
As a player himself, Caldwell demonstrated exceptional talent during his college years, amassing an impressive 1,997 points while spending three years at West Virginia Wesleyan and one season at Glenville State. His average of 23.7 points per game during his year with the Pioneers showcased his elite scoring abilities.
Marshall University and its basketball community eagerly anticipate the positive impact Caldwell will bring to the team as they continue their pursuit of excellence on and off the court.