Two additions made to Byington’s staff

William Cheney

Georgia Southern University men’s basketball coach Mark Byington announced two additions to his coaching staff last week.

The additions to the staff include Tim Kaine as an assistant coach and Cabral Huff as the director of basketball operations.

Kaine is no stranger to the Sun Belt Conference. He spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Florida Atlantic University, highlighted by a 2011 Sun Belt regular season title and an appearance in the NIT during the same season.

Before his stint at FAU, Kaine worked as director of basketball operations at Winthrop University, his alma mater. Kaine played soccer while at Winthrop before transferring to the University of Tennessee at Martin where he played basketball for one year.

Huff spent the last six seasons as the head varsity basketball coach for St. Francis High School in Alpharetta. Huff’s team won the 2014 Georgia Class-A Private State Championship and he was named the Georgia Sports Writers Association Coach of the Year, along with Class-A Coach of the Year by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

In his time with St. Francis, Huff appeared in the state tournament five times, while having 11 players compete at the college level. Huff is a graduate of Morehouse College and has been coaching basketball for 14 years.

These new additions come in the wake of a season that saw the Eagles go deep in the Southern Conference Tournament, before being knocked out by Wofford College. GSU finished the 2013-2014 season with a 15-19 record while going 6-10 in the SoCon.

With returning players such as redshirt seniors Eric Ferguson and Jelani Hewitt, along with Kaine’s knowledge of the conference, the transition may now be that much smoother.