Head men’s basketball coach Brette Tanner has announced his coaching staff for the upcoming season. An important part of building the coaching staff for Tanner was keeping as much of the previous staff together as possible. Both Antonio Bostic and Jon Trilli have stayed on as part of the Wildcats staff in hopes of continuing to build the program. Tanner has also added Kyle Bankhead to the staff. Bankhead is coming from UNC Greensboro and a team that won their conference championship last season to earn an NCAA Tournament berth.
Bostic will enter his sixth season with the Wildcats and has been an integral part of the coaching staff during his time in Abilene. During his time on the staff, the Wildcats have compiled a record of 100-55, won two Southland Conference tournament championships, made two NCAA tournament appearances, and earned a first round win over Texas.
Bostic shifted his role on the staff this past season to work more with the guards and coach Tanner’s defense. Whatever role he has served on staff in his tenure he has prioritized building relationships with the athletes. He can always be found working with the athletes in the gym and has been a huge part of getting ACU’s program where it is today.
I couldn’t be happier that Coach Bostic has decided to stay at ACU and be a part of my first year as a head coach. We have a ton of history together. From me having the opportunity to coach him, to working along side him and now him being one of my assistants. I am so proud of the coach he has become and ACU is lucky to have him!
Trilli just completed his first year with the Wildcats as a full-time assistant. Prior to the 2020-21 season, Trilli spent one season as the special assistant to the head coach in 2018-19. The Wildcats have reached the NCAA Tournament in each of the seasons that Trilli has been on staff with two conference championships.
In the two seasons he has been with ACU, the teams have compiled a 51-12 record. Trilli has been instrumental in working with the program’s bigs while also being key in developing the team’s offense as well.
I’m excited that Jon is remaining on staff with us here at ACU. He has a great basketball mind and is a tremendous help in game planning and developing our players. He has won everywhere he has been, including being here for both of our NCAA Tournament runs. ACU is lucky to have him!
The opportunity to become a part of a championship team was impossible to pass up. ACU has shown incredible growth as a basketball program over the past couple years and I don’t see that slowing down. This program has been operating at such a high level I think it is important that I come in and immerse myself in the current culture. If I can bring new basketball ideas that will just be an added bonus.
Bankhead joins the Wildcats staff after spending the last four seasons at UNC Greensboro. He served as the program’s director of operations for a season before moving into an assistant coach position. He also spent eight years as an assistant coach at the University of San Diego.
In his four years on Wes Miller’s staff at UNCG, the Spartans compiled a 99-33 record with two NCAA tournament appearances and a second round appearance in the NIT. Prior to coaching, Bankhead spent five seasons playing at Gonzaga under Mark Few where the team made four tournament appearances including a Sweet 16.
I couldn’t be more excited to add Coach Bankhead to our staff here at ACU. Kyle can help us tremendously in recruiting internationally and in prep schools. Both of these are areas where we need to begin to build strong relationships. He also brings a wealth of experience to our staff. He has worked and played for some of the best coaches in the game right now. A fresh set of eyes and some new ideas will be a great benefit as we head into a new league.