Original article (Men’s Basketball Coach Brian Burg Announces Coaching Staff Additions) on Georgia Southern University’s athletic website gseagles.com.
Georgia Southern men’s basketball coach Brian Burg announced today that he has named Shawn Forrest, Chris Shumate and Tim MacAllister assistant coaches.
“I am really excited about the staff we have put together,” said Burg. “These guys are proven winners with a non-ego mentality. They embody the blue-collar mentality that we embrace here at Georgia Southern.”
Forrest is a 22-year coaching veteran, a tenure which includes stops at current Sun Belt schools Louisiana, Arkansas State and Troy and former members Western Kentucky and North Texas. Most recently, Forrest spent three seasons (2016-19) at SMU, where he helped the Mustangs to a 30-5 record in 2016-17. SMU went 18-0 at home that season, won The American regular-season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. SMU was ranked in the Associated Press Top-25 for the last six weeks of the season and finished 11th in the poll. Forrest was also instrumental in the development of three NBA draft picks during his tenure at SMU, Semi Ojeleye, Sterling Brown and Shake Milton.
Forrest spent three seasons at Western Kentucky (2013-16), helping the Hilltoppers to consecutive 20-win seasons, and mentored NBA draft picks Elfrid Payton and Shawn Long at Louisiana in 2012-13. He helped North Texas to four consecutive 20-plus win seasons (2008-12) and coached NBA Draft selection Tony Mitchell. The Mean Green won the 2010 Sun Belt Tournament, earning the league’s bid to the NCAA Tournament. Forrest began his career as a graduate assistant at Troy (1998-2001) and spent six seasons at Arkansas State (2002-08), where he played a part in recruiting multiple top-100 classes.
Forrest is the all-time leading NCAA Division I scorer at Arkansas Pine Bluff University.
“Shawn Forrest is a proven coach and relentless recruiter,” said Burg. “Throughout his career, he has won championships and helped develop student-athletes. The knowledge he has acquired over a 20-year Division I career is invaluable.”