Southern Illinois men’s basketball head coach Bryan Mullins announced his staff on Wednesday, adding assistant coaches Pat Monaghan and Jevon Mamon, director of operations Ken Moses, and director of player development Connor Wheeler. They join assistant coach Brendan Mullins, who was announced on April 1.
“I looked at hiring a staff like recruiting for players,” Bryan Mullins explained. “It has to be a great fit for me. I wanted guys with a strong work ethic, who would work until we got it right, guys that were loyal and trustworthy and would put the program ahead of themselves. Not having egos and everyone working together is a huge priority for me.
Monaghan, 34, is an 11-year coaching veteran who spent the last two seasons on the staff at UW Milwaukee of the Horizon League. The Panthers were among just a handful of teams to beat nationally ranked Loyola in 2017-18, topping the eventual Final Four-bound Ramblers by 17 points in non-conference play.
“Pat is one of the hardest working coaches in the profession,” said Mullins. “I have not met anyone who doesn’t greatly respect him in college or high school basketball. Pat has no ego, he’s not entitled and he will have great relationships with our guys.”
Prior to UWM, Monaghan was an assistant for six seasons at Division II powerhouse Minnesota State (2011-17), where he helped the Mavericks to four NCAA Tournament appearances and a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference titles. A native of Chicago, Monaghan served as the director of basketball operations at Loyola (2010-11) and two years as an assistant at Coffeyville Community College (2008-10). He played collegiately at Division II Lewis University.
“He has formed tremendous recruiting relationships with junior colleges across the country as well as strong Midwest ties to high school and grassroots programs,” Mullins explained. “His extensive knowledge of the game and passion to teach will help our program tremendously.”