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Melvin Watkins
Position: Associate Head Coach
City/State: Reidsville, N.C.
Alma Mater: UNC-Charlotte
Graduating Year: 1977
Experience: 2 Years
Phone: 479-575-3754
Email: mlwatkin@uark.edu
Melvin Watkins bio
Courtesy: Patrick Pierson
A coaching veteran at the highest levels, Associate Head Coach Melvin Watkins begins his first year with the Razorbacks in 2011-12, following head coach Mike Anderson from Missouri.  A 34-year coaching career for Watkins has seen him as a longtime assistant, associate head and head coach at Charlotte, Texas A&M and Missouri.

Arkansas’ recruiting coordinator and Associate Head Coach, Watkins was retained on staff at Missouri when Anderson took the head coaching duties at the school before the 2004-05 season and a fabulous relationship blossomed.  Following a pair of sub-.500 seasons with the Tigers, the Anderson-Watkins combination immediately turned Missouri into a winning program as the team went 18-12 in their first year together.  Two years later, Missouri was dancing to the Elite 8 and winning the Big 12 Tournament, reaching heights that the Tigers had not seen in many years.

One of the best recruiters and assistants in the nation, Watkins was named Rivals.com’s Top Assistant Coach in both 2009 and 2010 as he helped Missouri advance to a pair of NCAA Tournaments, go a combined 54-18 and win the Big 12 Tournament Championship during those years.

A stickler for recruiting players that are accountable both on the floor and in life, Watkins places heavy demand on his players’ academic pursuits.  While head coach at Texas A&M, 14 of the 17 players that completed their eligibility went on to earn degrees while the three that failed to do so began their professional basketball careers.  His players during that time earned 15 Academic All-Big 12 first- or second-team honors.

Watkins joined the Missouri staff following an eight-year run as a head coach at both Texas A&M and his alma-mater Charlotte.  He spent six years roaming the sidelines for the Aggies between 1999 and 2004 and helped rebuild the struggling program.  His efforts in recruiting landed him eight top 100 recruits nationally including Texas A&M’s No. 4 all-time leading scorer Bernard King, 2005 NBA first round pick Antoine Wright and 2007 first-team All-American and current Chicago Bull Acie Law.

Prior to landing the head coaching job at Texas A&M, Watkins was the head coach at Charlotte for two seasons and led his team to a pair of 20-win seasons and two NCAA Tournaments.  After a 19-year stint with the 49ers as an assistant and associate head coach, Watkins was given the head coaching title for the 1997 season and led his squad to a 22-9 mark and second-round appearance in the NCAA Tournament.  The fantastic first year for Watkins earned him Conference USA Ray Meyer Coach of the Year honors.  Watkins second year at the helm of the program saw him guide the 49ers to a record of 20-11, a Conference USA divisional championship and another second-round NCAA Tournament run.

Charlotte fans knew about Watkins long before he took over the program for the 1996-97 season as he was an all-conference point guard for the school from 1973-77 and led the 49ers to the Final Four in 1977.  Watkins then served as an assistant coach at the school for 10 years before getting promoted to associate head coach, a position that he served in for nine years.  During his 19-year stint as an assistant and associate, Charlotte had three 20-win seasons, made five post-season tournaments and won three conference and conference tournament championships.  Watkins was involved in every 20-win season in Charlotte history before leaving the program for Texas A&M.

Following his standout career on the hardwood as a collegiate, Watkins was drafted by the Buffalo Braves in the fourth round of the 1977 draft.  His 49ers number (32) was retired following his senior season along with teammate Cedric Maxwell.

Watkins prep career at Reidsville High School saw him earn High School All-America honors as a senior in 1973.  That season he acted as team captain and led his team to a state championship.  Watkins was a three-year starter for Reidsville.

Along with his myriad duties as a coach, Watkins somehow finds time to be an invaluable member of the Columbia, Mo.; College Station, Texas; and Charlotte, N.C., communities.  He is an active participant in Habitat for Humanity “Home Building Project,” was a co-chair of the Battered Women’s Shelter and is a member of the “100 Black Men of Charlotte” organization, a nationally known group that mentors young people and raises funds to assist individuals in their efforts to go to college.

Watkins and his wife Burrell are the parents of sons, Manuale and Marcus and daughter, Keia.  Marcus played basketball for Missouri while Keia is a graduate of the Missouri Medical School.  Watkins is also the grandfather to Nathan, Keia and her husband, David’s son born in 2010.

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