Men’s Basketball Coach Announces Coaching Staff

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  • Shawn Forrest (left), Tim MacAllister (middle) and Chris Shumate (right) were announced as the assistants on new Head Coach Brian Burg’s staff. 

Elijah Jackson

Georgia Southern men’s basketball coach Brian Burg announced today that he has named Shawn Forrest, Chris Shumate and Tim MacAllister assistant coaches. 

“I am really excited about the staff we have put together,” said Burg. “These guys are proven winners with a non-ego mentality.  They embody the blue-collar mentality that we embrace here at Georgia Southern.”

Forrest is a 22-year coaching veteran, whose tenure included stops at other Sun Belt schools Louisiana, Arkansas State and Troy, along with former members Western Kentucky and North Texas. 

Most recently, Forrest spent three seasons (2016-19) at SMU. In 2016-17, he helped the Mustangs to a 30-5 record as they went 18-0 at home in the regular season and won The American Conference regular-season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. 

“Shawn Forrest is a proven coach and relentless recruiter,” said Burg.  “Throughout his career, he has won championships and helped develop student-athletes.  The knowledge he has acquired over a 20-year Division I career is invaluable.”

Shumate is a 12-year coaching veteran who has been a part of staff at the University of Cincinnati, Southern Miss, the University of Tennessee, Western Kentucky University and North Kentucky University. He spent 2016-2019 as an assistant coach at Northern Kentucky, which was the most successful three-year stretch in the school’s history. 

“Chris Shumate is a tremendous basketball coach who has competed and won championships throughout his entire career,” said Burg.  “He is well respected in the coaching profession, and he has a tireless work ethic. I am thrilled to add someone of Chris’ caliber to our program.”

MacAllister comes to Statesboro from Texas Tech along with Burg, where he served as the program’s Chief of Staff. He was also a part of the Red Raiders run to the 2019 NCAA National Championship final and their Big 12 Conference regular-season championship. MacAllister was named to the NABC’s 2019 Under Armour 30-Under-30 Team, a group selected as 30 of the most outstanding men’s college basketball coaches under the age of 30.

MacAllister has appeared in five NCAA Tournaments during his career, worked with four All-Americans and seen four players selected in the NBA Draft, Isaiah Canaan in 2013, Justin Patton in 2017, Khyri Thomas in 2018 and Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver in 2019. 

“Tim MacAllister is one of the most detailed and organized individuals I have worked with in my coaching career,” said Burg. “He has the winning intangibles that embody Georgia Southern basketball, and success has followed him throughout his coaching career.”

Elijah Jackson, The George-Anne Sports Editor,