Furman Basketball Staff Update

Khyle Marshall, Kip Owens, Jon Uribe, and Rett Lister have joined the Furman men’s basketball staff, it was announced by head coach Bob Richey.

Khyle Marshall joins the Furman family after spending three seasons as an assistant coach at South Dakota State.

“We are thrilled to announce the hiring of Khyle Marshall as an assistant coach,” said Richey, who is entering his eighth season as Furman’s head coach. “Khyle has an unbelievable pedigree as both a player and coach with his unique experiences of playing in the national championship game as a player and coaching in multiple NCAA Tournaments. He will impact our program immediately with his detailed player development, ability to create relationships, and recruiting ties.”

In his first season with the Jackrabbits in 2021-22, Marshall helped SDSU to one of the most successful seasons in Summit League history as the Jackrabbits fashioned a 30-5 overall record, including an 18-0 mark in conference play. SDSU, winners versus North Dakota State in the tournament finals before falling 66-57 to Providence in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, finished the year leading NCAA Division I in three-point percentage (44.5%) while finishing second in the nation in field goal percentage (52.1%) and scoring offense (85.9 ppg). 

The Jackrabbits continued their success in 2022-23 with a second-place finish in the Summit League standings. Marshall assisted in one of SDSU’s best seasons defensively and helped mentor SDSU’s frontcourt that featured second team All-Summit League performer Matt Dentlinger and Summit League All-Newcomer Team selection William Kyle III. During Marshall’s final season in Brookings, S.D., SDSU compiled a 22-13 record and 12-4 league mark, claimed Summit League regular season and tournament titles, and secured its second NCAA Tournament appearance in three seasons. 

Prior to his arrival at South Dakota State, Marshall served as an assistant coach at Florida Southwestern College, as video coordinator for Florida Gulf Coast, and as director of scouting at Illinois-Chicago. He started 89 games during his four-year playing career at Butler, averaging 9.8 points per game. Marshall was a part of 91 wins and played in eight NCAA Tournament contests with the Bulldogs, including the 2011 National Championship game. He finished his career with 1,373 points and 609 rebounds while shooting 54.2 percent.

Following his standout collegiate career, Marshall spent four years playing professionally in Japan, the Dominican Republic, Spain, and Portugal. He posted double figure scoring averages each season before retiring to enter the coaching ranks.

Owens joins the Furman staff after five seasons at NCAA Division II Flagler University. He spent three seasons as an assistant coach for the Saints before being promoted to associate head men’s basketball coach on April 21, 2022. 

Working alongside head coach Chad Warner, now an assistant for the Paladins, Owens helped guide the Saints to an 18-3 overall record, 11-1 league mark, Peach Belt Conference regular season and tournament titles, and a trip to the national semifinals in 2020-21. The following season, Flagler went 23-8 and made a return trip to the NCAA Tournament.

“We are excited for Kip Owens to join our staff as an assistant coach,” said Richey. “I have been following Kip’s career dating all the way back to his playing days at the University of Alabama-Huntsville. His knowledge of our offensive system, ability to develop post players in our system, and ability to connect will be a huge asset to our program.”

In his final season in St. Augustine, Fla., Owens led Flagler to a 20-11 mark and an appearance in the Peach Belt Conference finals.

Owens played at the University of Alabama in Huntsville for head coach Lennie Acuff (currently the head coach at Lipscomb University). During his four years at UAH, the Chargers made three NCAA Division II Tournament appearances and hosted two regionals. UAH won the Gulf South Conference Tournament twice (2015 and 2017) and won or shared the regular season title twice (2014-15 and 2015-16). 

As a prep standout, Owens played for a legendary coach in Terry Tippett at the Evangelical Christian School in Memphis, Tenn. The forward played on a state championship team as a sophomore and paced his team to a state finals appearance as a senior. 

Owens received his bachelor’s degree in marketing from UAH and later he earned his master’s from the same institution. 

Uribe is set to serve as Furman’s director of men’s basketball sport performance.

The Houston Texas, native spent the past four seasons as the head strength and conditioning coach for UAB men’s basketball. With the help of Uribe, the Blazers posted a school-record 27 wins and reached the NCAA Tournament in 2022. UAB followed its record-setting season with a program-best 29 wins in 2023 en route to a berth in the NIT finals. In 2024, the Blazers totaled 23 wins and returned to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons.

 “We couldn’t be more excited to add someone of Jon’s caliber to our program,” said Richey. “Jon has won everywhere he has been. Having an elite strength coach is critical to operating a successful basketball program. Jon will impact us immediately with all things strength, conditioning, nutrition, and leadership.”

Uribe, who played a pivotal role in the development and durability of the Blazers in both historic seasons, including the development of current NBA players Jordan “Jelly” Walker and Trey Jemison, arrived in Birmingham, Ala., after three seasons at the University of Louisiana. While in the role of Director of Athletic Performance for Basketball, he helped the Ragin’ Cajuns to the 2018 Sun Belt Conference championship and a school-record 27 wins.

Prior to working at Louisiana, Uribe served as an assistant strength coach for the University of Florida men’s basketball team during the 2016-17 season. The Gators made the NCAA tournament and had a magical run to the Elite Eight. Florida finished with 27 total wins and tied the school record for third most conference wins in school history. 

Uribe got his start in strength and conditioning as an intern at the University of Arizona. He assisted in the training of various Olympic sports such as baseball, softball, volleyball, swimming/diving, soccer, and gymnastics. 

A former basketball student-athlete at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin from 2012-14, Uribe earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from UTPB in 2014 and received his master’s degree in sport management from Florida in 2019.

Uribe is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the NSCA, holds a level I USA Weightlifting certification, and is a certified fascial stretch therapist by the Stretch to Win Institute. Additionally, he is a certified strength and conditioning coach throughout the CSCCA (Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association). 

Former Paladin guard Rett Lister is returning to Furman to join the men’s basketball staff as assistant coach/director of operations.

Lister, a native of Easley, S.C., served as a graduate assistant for the Kent State Golden Flashes during the 2023-24 campaign after completing a four-year playing career with the Paladins. He helped Kent State to a 17-17 overall record and an appearance in the Mid-American Conference championship game.

Rett Lister bleeds Furman purple,” said Paladin head coach Bob Richey. “I couldn’t be more excited to have him back as a part of our program. His experiences at Kent State have allowed him to develop as a coach and make him ready to come back to join our staff. He will have a huge impact on our day-to-day operation and will serve as an unbelievable mentor for our players.”

A walk-on at Furman, Lister ranks among Furman’s all-time winningest players with 90 victories during his four-year career in the purple and white. He played in 33 games as a Paladin, including a career-high 13 games during the 2022-23 season as he helped Furman to a Southern Conference regular season title, the school’s first SoCon Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance since 1980, and the program’s first NCAA win since 1974 with a 68-67 upset of ACC champion Virginia. 

Lister graduated from Furman in 2023 with a degree in education. His father, Chad Lister, has served as the head men’s basketball coach at North Greenville University for more than 20 years.


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