Walt Fuller has been named assistant men’s basketball coach at UMBC, head coach Randy Monroe announced today.
The veteran mentor just completed his 25th year in the coaching business, completing a two-year stint at UAB in 2011-12. He joined the UAB staff from La Salle University, where he spent the previous five seasons as the associate head coach.
“Walt is one of the most successful people I know in the profession,” Monroe said. “He has been an integral part of building programs from America East to Conference USA to the ACC. He knows how to relate to young people and get the best out of them.”
Fuller will join colleagues Aki Thomas and Jay Greene on the Retriever bench in 2012-13.
In his first full season at UAB in 2010-11, Fuller played a big role in helping the Blazers clinch the program’s first outright regular season Conference USA title in school history. As a result, UAB earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament.
While with La Salle, Fuller served as recruiting coordinator and worked with all facets of the program during his five-year tenure. Prior to joining La Salle, Fuller was the top assistant at the University of Virginia for former UVA head coach Pete Gillen from 1998-2005. He helped the Cavaliers to five consecutive postseason appearances from 1999-2003, including the 2001 NCAA Tournament.
Fuller joined Gillen’s staff after spending the previous four seasons as an assistant coach at the College of William & Mary. During his last season at William & Mary in 1997-98, the Tribe posted a 20-7 record and tied for the Colonial Athletic Association regular season championship.
Fuller was also an assistant coach at his alma mater, Drexel University, for six years. In his final season with the Dragons in 1993-94, the team compiled a 25-5 record, won the North Atlantic Conference Championship and earned an NCAA Tournament berth. Drexel also finished as conference runner-up twice during Fuller’s tenure and won the regular season title in 1992-93.
A two-time captain of the Drexel basketball team, Fuller helped lead the Dragons to an East Coast Conference Championship and an NCAA Tournament berth during the 1985-86 season. He finished his collegiate career ranked first on Drexel’s list for games played (116) and was second on the school’s career free throw percentage list (80.5 percent). He was voted the team’s Most Valuable Player after the 1985-86 season and received the Dragon “D” Award as the squad’s top defensive player.
During his 25-year coaching career, he has recruited eventual NBA players Malik Rose (Drexel), Roger Mason (Virginia) and Sean Singletary (Virginia). Fuller has also been responsible for recruiting many players who now compete overseas.
Fuller earned his degree in business administration from Drexel in 1987. He is married to the former Martina Colbert of Philadelphia, Pa., and they have two sons, Walt, Jr. and Cameron.