Vernon Hamilton has joined the LSU basketball staff for the 2020-21 season in the Assistant to the Head Coach position.
Hamilton will assist Coach Wade and the coaching staff in planning and projects during the course of the 2020-21 season in an off-floor role.
Prior to coming to LSU, Hamilton served the last two years as Assistant and Associate Head Basketball Coach of the Jeonju KCC Egis team in the South Korean Basketball League. The team advanced to the KBL semifinals in 2019. Hamilton was the first American and youngest coach selected to coach in the KBL All-Star game.
He also served as a member of the player development staff for the Dallas Mavericks during the 2017-18 season, assisting Mavericks staff with on-court drills, player workouts and breakdown of player videos and workouts.
Hamilton also served for two years as a Graduate Assistant at Clemson (2014-16) while also earning his masters of science in youth development leadership at the school. He assisted in several aspects of the basketball program working with the coaching staff and student-athletes.
Hamilton was a four-year starter for Clemson (2004-07) and ended his career No. 1 all-time in steals average at the school with 271 steals. That was sixth in career steals in the Atlantic Coast Conference. He is No. 9 in assists at Clemson with 403 and scored over 1,200 points to finish in the top 25 in school history.
He was first team ACC All-Defensive team in 2006 and on the Collegeinsider.com Defensive All-American team in 2007. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in sports management in 2007.
Professionally, Hamilton played basketball overseas, including earning defensive player of the year of the Chinese Basketball Association in 2011. His Colorado 14ers won the NBA G League title in 2009.
Hamilton has also served as Marketing Logistics Manager for Coca-Cola Glaceau in Washington, D.C., and has served for several years as a mentor for 100 Black men of Atlanta and was co-chair of the Kids Score Against Kidney Disease Basketball Camp in Richmond, Virginia presented by the National Kidney Foundation in 2005.