Nathaniel Root enters his first year at Auburn as the Video Coordinator and his fifth under head coach Tony Barbee.
Prior to coming to Auburn, Root spent four years under Barbee at UTEP as the Assistant Director of Basketball Operations/Video Coordinator from 2006-10. At UTEP, Root handled all video operations, organized and ran summer camps and monitored the team's academics.
Root was the head boys and girls varsity basketball coach at Memphis Catholic High School for two years from 2004-06 before joining Barbee's staff at UTEP.
His first coaching job was at his alma mater, Adamsville (Tenn.) Junior/Senior High School, where he was the head freshman and junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach for the 2003-04 season.
Playing four years as a guard for the University of Memphis from 2000-03, he earned a scholarship for his final two seasons. He started three games as a Tiger, for the first time against UAB in 2002 as a junior when he nailed a 3-pointer for Memphis' first points of the game and vs. Cincinnati and Austin Peay as a senior.
He received the team's academic award at "The Banquet," the squad's postseason awards banquet in 2001 in addition to the sportsmanship award in 2003 and the hustle award in 2002.
Root was a member of Memphis' 2003 NCAA Tournament team as well as the 2002 NIT Championship and 2001 NIT Final Four squads.
The Adamsville, Tenn., native was a two-time All-Region selection in his junior and senior years at Adamsville High School, advancing to the state quarterfinals as a senior in 1999. His No. 32 jersey was retired by his high school in 2004.
Root earned a B.A. degree in Fitness Training and Management from the University of Memphis in 2003.
The son of Nona and George Root Jr., he was born on Jan. 13, 1981. He has a twin sister, Natalie, and an older brother, George III.