Sumpter named Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at UMSL

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University of Missouri-St. Louis head men’s basketball coach Bob Sundvold has added former Triton Shea Sumpter to his coaching staff as an assistant coach. Sumpter played for Sundvold during the 2013-14 season.
“Along with our current UMSL men’s basketball staff and team, as well as former players, I want to welcome Shea Sumpter to our coaching staff,” Sundvold said. “Years ago, when Shea was a player here, he indicated his desire to become a college basketball coach. He has followed a great plan in developing the skills and experiences needed to become a great young coach and to really help our program at UMSL.”
Sumpter comes to UMSL following a year at his high school alma mater, Rich East, where he was the head varsity assistant coach.
“There is only one way to describe being named assistant men’s basketball coach at UMSL and that is a dream come true,” Sumpter said. “For many years I have envisioned and inspired to have the opportunity to coach at UMSL. I am determined to use the knowledge and skills I have obtained to inspire and motive our student-athletes both on and off the court. I look forward to providing my resources, mentorship and influence to each of the students to ensure success in both athletics and academics.”
Sumpter also spent three years as an assistant at Wabash Valley College, helping the program to 69 wins, which included multiple District 16 and Region 24 championship appearances. The 2017 team won the Region 24 title, while the 2019 team claimed the GRAC conference title. While at Wabash Valley, more than 30 student-athletes went on to the NCAA DI and DII levels.
“Shea worked for a terrific mentor and coach in Mike Carpenter at Wabash Valley Community College, who allowed Shea to recruit, scout, coach and work with players in individual skill development,” said Sundvold. “He has built an ever expanding network to help identify and evaluate future student-athletes. He brings an enthusiasm for St. Louis, UMSL and the UMSL basketball program that our players will learn and thrive from.”
Sumpter graduated from UMSL in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with minors in sociology and gender studies.
He played in all 28 games for the Tritons during the 2013-14 season and shot 66.7 percent from the field, while averaging 4.0 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.
Sumpter transferred to UMSL after one season at Southern Arkansas University and two at Danville Area Community College. As a sophomore at DACC, he was named the Mid-West Athletic Conference Player of the Year after averaging 13 points and seven rebounds per game, while helping the Jaguars to an eighth place finish at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.

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