Southern Illinois Basketball Staff Update

Southern Illinois men’s basketball head coach Scott Nagy announced additions to his staff on Thursday, adding assistant coach Will Veasley, player development coaches Tae Gibbs and Darreon Reddick, and director of operations Justin Endsley.

The group joins assistant coach Jerrance Howard who was announced last week. Nagy will fill one other assistant coach role in the coming days.

“We’re thrilled to have most of our staff hired,” Nagy said. “I think some of the guys provide good continuity while others will provide us with life and new ideas. The main thing is they are all going to help in recruiting and that is the most important piece of what we do. I’m happy to have them here and we’re excited to get started.”

Will Veasley
No stranger to the Missouri Valley Conference, Veasley was most recently an assistant coach at UIC for the last three seasons under Luke Yaklich during UIC’s transition to The Valley.

Prior to his time in Chicago, Veasley joined the staff at North Dakota State as an assistant coach before the start of the 2016-17 campaign and helped turn the Bison into one of the top teams in the Summit League. NDSU posted winning records in three of Veasley’s four years, highlighted by back-to-back conference championships.

During the 2018-19 year, the Bison captured the conference title and defeated North Carolina Central in the NCAA First Four before falling to eventual Elite 8 participant Duke. The Bison repeated as conference champions and were bound for the NCAA Tournament once more after compiling a 25-8 record and a 13-3 mark in league play during the 2019-20 season.

Veasley is the all-time winningest player in Butler history and was a starter on the Bulldogs’ 2010 national runner-up team. As a four-year letterwinner at Butler, Veasley helped his team make four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Final Four run in 2010. Veasley and the Bulldogs were the regular-season Horizon League champions for four straight years and won the Horizon League Tournament in 2008 and 2010.

Tae Gibbs
Gibbs served as the director of player development at Wright State since 2021 under Nagy. Gibbs came to Wright State after spending the previous three seasons at Trevecca Nazarene University as the associate head coach after joining the staff as an assistant prior to the 2018-19 campaign. Prior to Trevecca, Gibbs spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Wheaton College.

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Gibbs served as an assistant coach at Valley Traditional High School in Louisville for the 2016-17 season. From 2014-16, he was an assistant basketball coach at Beth Haven Christian School in Louisville. He also was actively involved in coaching AAU in Louisville.

Darreon Reddick
Reddick spent last season as an assistant coach at SIU Edwardsville, helping the Cougars to a 17-16 overall record and a semifinal appearance in the OVC Tournament where they fell to eventual champions Morehead State.

Before his time in Edwardsville, Reddick spent two seasons at Missouri S&T, helping the Miners to 27 wins over the past two years. Before his time in Rolla, Reddick was an assistant at Northern Oklahoma College-Enid for two years. Missouri S&T was 16-12 in 2022-23, its first winning season in 27 years. Reddick served as interim head coach for the last 5 games of the 22-23 season going 3-2 with key wins against UMSL and GLVC tournament champion McKendree.

Reddick played four seasons at Tennessee State where he averaged 7.4 points and 2.7 rebounds per game from 2014-2018. He played in 121 games, making 103 starts during his career.

Justin Endsley
Endsley joined the Southern Illinois basketball program in a full-time role as director of operations in July of 2023 and will continue to serve in that role under Nagy. He will be responsible for organizing travel, weekly schedules, camps, and community outreach as well as other duties.

Endsley spent the previous four seasons as a manager with the program, including being named head manager following his sophomore year.

During his time with the Salukis, Endsley worked directly with the coaching staff on a daily basis, oversaw student managers, and assisted with practice setup. He also had a hand in recruiting visits, while also working with other departments within athletics including facilities and academics.

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