April 16, 2010
AUBURN -- Assistant coaches Randall Dickey, Tony Madlock and Milt Wagner have joined Auburn's basketball staff along with director of basketball operations Mike Babul, head coach Tony Barbee announced Friday.
Barbee's entire staff comes with him to Auburn from UTEP where the Miners averaged 20.5 wins per season, including a 26-7 record and the 2010 Conference USA regular season title with a 15-1 mark this past season en route to a NCAA Tournament appearance. They coached C-USA first-team selections in each of the final three seasons to go along with four players who earned 10 All-C-USA honors combined.
Dickey spent six successful seasons at UTEP from 2004-10, five seasons at Oklahoma State from 1994-99 while helping lead the Cowboys to the 1995 Final Four, and four seasons at Washington State from 1999-2003.
The Valley Springs, Ark., native started his collegiate coaching career as an assistant at Howard College from 1990-91 and Midland College from 1991-93. He began as a head coach at Lakeside High School in Hot Springs, Ark., from 1983-84 and was an assistant at Morrilton (Ark.) High from 1984-90.
"Coach Dickey is a veteran assistant who has been in the business for a long time," said Barbee. "He brings a wealth of knowledge both from the coaching aspect and the recruiting side of it having been in the Big 12, the Pac-10 and spending the last four years with me at UTEP helping rebuild that program into Conference USA Champs and making the NCAA Tournament. He has been a valued member of my staff and will bring all those same attributes here to Auburn."
Madlock, whose coaching and recruiting played a key role during Barbee's four years at UTEP by recruiting 2010 C-USA Player of the Year Randy Culpepper and Arnett Moultrie, a 2009 C-USA All-Freshman Team selection, spent six of his nine years at Arkansas State as the assistant head coach prior to going to El Paso. The Memphis, Tenn., native helped Arkansas State to the 1998 Sun Belt Conference regular season championship and the 1999 Sun Belt Conference Tournament title as he recruited six junior college All-Americans to the school.
After capping off a successful career at Memphis in helping the Tigers to the 1992 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight to go along with four straight postseason appearances, Madlock played one year of professional basketball in South America. He began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater, Memphis Melrose High, where he spent three seasons.
"Tony Madlock is a person who I have known for a long time," said Barbee. "Having worked at Memphis for six years and him being one of the outstanding former players from that university, we have developed a relationship through the years on the recruiting trail. He was a very key piece to my staff at UTEP and helped me bring in some talented members of our team there. His recruiting ties throughout the Southeast have been a valued piece to the puzzle. He will bring all those things here to us at Auburn."
Wagner, whose coaching and recruiting was also vital in Barbee's four years at UTEP, is one of the most decorated members of the staff as he has won championships at the professional, collegiate and prep levels as a player while continuing that success as a four-year assistant at UTEP and a member of the Memphis staff.
He followed Barbee to UTEP after serving as coordinator of basketball operations at Memphis for six seasons as the duo were an integral part of 148 victories and six straight postseason appearances, including the 2006 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.
The Camden, N.J., native led Louisville to the 1986 NCAA Championship along with three Final Four berths while still ranking fifth in Cardinal history with 1,836 career points. A three-time All-Metro Conference selection, Wagner was chosen in the second round of the 1986 NBA Draft, won the 1988 NBA Championship with the Los Angeles Lakers and played for the Miami Heat in the 1990-91 season. His son, Dajuan, was selected sixth overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2002 NBA Draft.
"Milt Wagner is a guy who I have known and worked with on the same staff at Memphis, who when you talk basketball resumes, there are very few people in his stratosphere when you talk about a playing career having won high school state championships in Camden, N.J., having won the National Championship at Louisville and also having won a NBA World Championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in that group with Magic Johnson," said Barbee.
"There hasn't been a more accomplished basketball resume from the playing side, and Milt is developing his coaching resume in the things that he has accomplished in the short period of time having worked with him closely at Memphis and then having him as a part of my staff at UTEP. His connections are not only nationwide, but they are worldwide because of his experience playing in Europe for several years and obviously the name Milt Wagner rings a bell throughout the country. People remember his success as a player which has helped him be a very successful recruiter. He will bring all of that experience and connections with him to help us get it done at Auburn."
Babul worked with Barbee all four years at UTEP and during the 2003-04 season at Memphis. He played under Barbee and Bruiser Flint at UMass from 1997-2000 in helping the Minutemen to two NCAA Tournament berths. He worked at Youngstown State as an assistant during the 2004-05 season before becoming the coordinator of basketball operations at Drexel for the 2005-06 season. The North Attleboro, Mass., native was a three-time Atlantic 10 Conference All-Defensive Team selection and a three-time A-10 All-Academic Team member.
"Mike Babul is someone who is near and dear with me having coached him when I was an assistant coach at UMass under Bruiser Flint," said Barbee. "I coached him for three years there, and then we worked together on the staff at Memphis for a year. He has been with me for the past four years at UTEP being the director of basketball operations. He will come here in that same capacity helping with the day-to-day organization of the office and also running my basketball camps. He is a loyal friend and someone who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in all aspects of our basketball program."
Tony Barbee: Barb - ee (sounds just like Barbie doll)
Mike Babul: Bay - bull (rhymes with table)