Shingler heads from South Carolina to Maryland

Maryland men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon has announced the hiring of Prince George’s County native Bruce Shingler as assistant coach.

Shingler most recently spent five seasons as an assistant coach at South Carolina, where he helped lead the Gamecocks to their first ever NCAA Final Four appearance. He grew up just miles from College Park in Bladensburg, Md. 

“I am excited to welcome Bruce to our coaching staff as he makes his return to the DMV,” Turgeon said. “Bruce was born and raised in PG County and knows the region extremely well, having also coached at Towson and Morgan State, and on the AAU circuit. He checked all the boxes as a coach and recruiter and shares our program’s values. We look forward to Bruce and his family joining us in College Park.”

“I’m extremely thankful to Mark Turgeon for the opportunity to join the coaching staff and return to Maryland where I was born and raised. It is a dream come true,” Shingler said. “I’ve respected Mark Turgeon in this business for a long time for his work ethic, his desire to win, his passion for his players and his ability to lead young men down paths for success. Maryland’s basketball tradition and fan base is unmatched and I look forward to the challenge of meeting the standard of Terrapin basketball. On a personal note, Maryland is home. I grew up a Terp attending games at Cole Field House. My mother lived right across the street from campus. My wife, Lauren, went to St. John’s College High School. We can’t wait to get to campus and hit the ground running.”

Shingler joined the Gamecocks prior to the 2016-17 campaign, a season that would go on to be the best in school history, as the Gamecocks set a school record with 26 wins, advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004, posted the first program win in the NCAA Tournament since 1973, and advanced to the school’s first-ever Final Four. 

During the 2016-17 season, the Gamecocks were ranked as high as No. 16 in the AP Poll, and finished the campaign ranked sixth in the final USA Today Coaches Poll. 

The Gamecocks were poised for another postseason run in 2019-20, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the season ended early. South Carolina had an 18-13 overall record, and another impressive double-figure win total in league play, as the Gamecocks finished 10-8 in SEC action. Those 10 wins marked the fourth time in the last five seasons that the Gamecocks had double-figure wins in the league, amassing 51 SEC wins during the stretch, with only Kentucky (69) and Florida (54) having more during the timeframe. 

Prior to his time at Carolina, Shingler spent four seasons as an assistant at Towson (2012-16) where he helped the Tigers set the NCAA Division I record for largest single-season turnaround, going from one win in 2011-12 to 18 in 2012-13. His second season (2013-14) saw the Tigers record 25 wins, their most at the Division I level. The 2015-16 season once again saw the Tigers advance to the postseason, as the team reached 20 wins.

Before Towson, Shingler spent one season as an assistant coach at Morgan State and one season as an administrative assistant under head coach Frank Martin at Kansas State.

Prior to his collegiate coaching career, Shingler coached at his alma mater, Bladensburg High School, leading them to an 18-5 record in his lone season. He also coached AAU for the DC Assault 17U team, sending over 40 members to Division I institutions in his tenure, including McDonald’s All-Americans Michael Beasley, Wally Judge and Quinn Cook.

Shingler earned his bachelors of science degree in communications in 2005 from St. Augustine’s College, where he was a three-year starter and Academic All-American.

Shingler and his wife, Lauren, have a son, Giovonni, and two daughters, Brooklyn and Savannah.

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