Binghamton Men’s basketball completes coaching staff

Binghamton men’s basketball coach Levell Sanders has completed his coaching staff, the department announced Tuesday. Returning staff members Brian Johnson and Patrick Norris have earned promotions, with Johnson now the associate head coach and Norris moving into an assistant coaching role. In addition, Sanders has added assistant coach Marlon Guild, director of basketball operations Matt Burke and video coordinator Damani Myers.

Johnson came to Binghamton with Sanders in June of 2019 and will begin his third season with the program in 2021-22. A 10-year coaching veteran and former collegiate standout at Delaware, he has earned praise for his positive approach and vast recruiting and coaching experience.

“Getting to know Brian and his family the past two years made this an easy decision,” Sanders said. “Brian adds head coaching experience and overall knowledge on how to run a program and will be of great value to me and our players.” 

Norris begins his fourth year with the program this winter and has quickly earned two promotions. After serving as director of player development the last two seasons, he steps into a direct coaching role.

“I have witnessed Patrick do a wonderful job organizing everything for the program the last two years,” Sanders said. “I also got the opportunity to know Patrick and realized he is a bright person with a lot of basketball knowledge who will help push our program in the right direction. Patrick being from Binghamton is just icing on the cake.”

Sanders then filled vacancies with the additions of Guild, Burke and Myers.

Guild has 13 years experience as a Division I assistant, having finished successful stints at Saint Peter’s (7 years) and Rider (6). While at Saint Peter’s Guild helped steer the Peacocks to the NCAA tournament in 2011. Guild has spent the last six years at Rider, where the Broncs averaged nearly 19 wins a season in a four-year stretch from 2016-20, featuring a MAAC regular season title and NIT berth in 2018.

“Marlon brings great basketball knowledge and coaching experience that has allowed him to excel in Division I Athletics for more than a decade,” Sanders said. “He has the enthusiasm, love and patience required to develop student-athletes. We are lucky to have Marlon and his family join our Binghamton family!”

He began his college coaching experience at Eastern Connecticut State in 2007. Guild earned his bachelor’s degree in communication from University of Hartford in 2005. He received his master’s degree in athletic leadership from Rider in 2018.    

Burke hails from nearby Norwich and returns to the Southern Tier after serving as a graduate assistant at Hofstra from 2019-21. Before that, he was assistant director of basketball operations at Niagara in 2018-19. He has a bachelor’s degree in sports management and operations from Niagara (2018) and his master’s degree in higher education and leadership policy studies from Hofstra (2021).

Myers comes from Saint Peter’s, where he served as head manager for a Peacocks team that won 18 games before its postseason run was halted by COVID. A former collegiate player at Lycoming and Delaware Valley, Myers oversaw the scouting and film exchange at Saint Peter’s before earning his bachelor’s degree in business management in May 2020.