Southern Illinois Staff Update

Southern Illinois men’s basketball head coach Bryan Mullins announced his staff on Wednesday, adding assistant coaches Pat Monaghan and Jevon Mamon, director of operations Ken Moses, and director of player development Connor Wheeler. They join assistant coach Brendan Mullins, who was announced on April 1.

“I looked at hiring a staff like recruiting for players,” Bryan Mullins explained. “It has to be a great fit for me. I wanted guys with a strong work ethic, who would work until we got it right, guys that were loyal and trustworthy and would put the program ahead of themselves. Not having egos and everyone working together is a huge priority for me.”

Monaghan, 34, is an 11-year coaching veteran who spent the last two seasons on the staff at UW Milwaukee of the Horizon League. The Panthers were among just a handful of teams to beat nationally ranked Loyola in 2017-18, topping the eventual Final Four-bound Ramblers by 17 points in non-conference play.

“Pat is one of the hardest working coaches in the profession,” said Mullins. “I have not met anyone who doesn’t greatly respect him in college or high school basketball. Pat has no ego, he’s not entitled and he will have great relationships with our guys.” 

Prior to UWM, Monaghan was an assistant for six seasons at Division II powerhouse Minnesota State (2011-17), where he helped the Mavericks to four NCAA Tournament appearances and a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference titles. A native of Chicago, Monaghan served as the director of basketball operations at Loyola (2010-11) and two years as an assistant at Coffeyville Community College (2008-10). He played collegiately at Division II Lewis University.

“He has formed tremendous recruiting relationships with junior colleges across the country as well as strong Midwest ties to high school and grassroots programs,” Mullins explained. “His extensive knowledge of the game and passion to teach will help our program tremendously.”

Mamon (pronounced MAY-mun) worked the last two seasons with Mullins on Porter Moser’s staff at Loyola, where he was director of operations. Loyola won a school-record 32 games in 2017-18, claimed Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles, and made the team’s first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 1985. The Ramblers rolled through March, reaching the Final Four and finishing the season ranked No. 7 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jevon to our Saluki Basketball family,” Mullins said. “He was a huge part of our Final Four run and back-to-back MVC Championships at Loyola Chicago. He will help me establish the type of culture we want in this program right away. His daily energy in the office and on the court is contagious.”

Prior to Loyola, Mamon was the varsity head coach at Hyde Park Academy (2016-17) in Chicago and Richards High School (2014-16), where he piloted the varsity team to a South Suburban Conference Red Division championship in 2016. Mamon was captain of the basketball team at Barat College and earned his master’s degree from North Park University.

“Being a coach at the high school and grassroots level has allowed him to build great relationships across the country,” added Mullins. “He is an extremely humble, hard-working coach who will establish meaningful relationships with our young men on and off the court.”

Moses, 30, joins the Salukis after working two years at NJCAA Division I Missouri State University West Plains (2017-19). The Grizzlies were 45-21 the last two seasons and won the 2018 Region XVI Championship.

“We could not be more excited to have Ken join our program,” Mullins said. “He is someone who, over the years, I have grown to completely trust and value in this profession. He understands why programs are successful and how to help build a culture.”

A native of Honolulu, Moses previously served four years as a graduate assistant and assistant coach at NJCAA Division II Nebraska-Kearney (2013-17) and three years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Colorado State University in Pueblo (2010-13). He was a four-year letter winner at CSU-Pueblo and a team captain during the 2009-10 season.

“Ken’s strong work ethic and ability to connect with young men from all different backgrounds makes him a great asset to me, our staff and our student-athletes,” Mullins continued.

Wheeler, a 26-year-old Carbondale native, worked as the video coordinator at Southern Miss last season and helped the Golden Eagles to a 20-win season in 2018-19. Previously, he served as the video coordinator and graduate assistant at Missouri (2016-18).

“We are extremely lucky to have Connor join our program,” Mullins said. “I have known Connor and his family since I was a player here and always knew he would be a tremendous coach. He comes highly recommended from Kim Anderson, Cuonzo Martin and Doc Sadler.” 

A standout at Carbondale and Du Quoin High School, Wheeler played his final two years in college at SIUE. He also played one season for Saluki alum Kyle Smithpeters at John A. Logan, and returned to JALC as a volunteer assistant after graduating.

“At a young age he already possesses the traits that make a great coach,” Mullins added. “He is a tireless worker, selfless, has a great feel for the game, and truly cares about the student-athletes on the court, in the classroom and in the community.”