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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Former Tiger Tony Matlock Joins UTEP staff, Heavy Tiger Influence

Barbee announces coaching staff

El Paso (TX) Times

UTEP men's basketball coach Tony Barbee officially announced his 2006-07 staff today. Returning to the Miners for his third season as an assistant is Randall Dickey. New to the UTEP staff are assistants Tony Madlock and Milt Wagner, and director of basketball operations Mike Babul.

Madlock joins the Miner program after nine years as an assistant coach at Arkansas State. He helped the Indians capture the Sun Belt Conference Tournament title in 1999, earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Arkansas State also won the Sun Belt regular season championship in 1998. Madlock earned his bachelor's degree in marketing from Memphis in 1991, and played for the Tigers from 1988 to 1992. Madlock was a member of four postseason tournament teams at Memphis (two NCAA, two NIT), leading the Tigers to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in 1992.

Wagner served as coordinator of basketball operations at Memphis for the past six seasons. While at Memphis, Wagner worked with Barbee and was a part of the school's run to 148 victories and six straight postseason tournament appearances, including the Elite Eight of the 2006 NCAA Tournament. Wagner starred as a collegian at the University of Louisville, directing the Cardinals to three Final Four berths and the 1986 NCAA championship. He ranks fifth in school history with 1,836 career points, and his jersey has been retired by Louisville. Wagner was chosen by Dallas in the second round of the 1986 NBA Draft, and went on to win a world championship as a member of the 1987-88 Los Angeles Lakers.

Babul spent the 2005-06 campaign as coordinator of basketball operations at Drexel University. He also worked at Youngstown State as an assistant during the 2004-05 season, and spent one year (2003-04) as assistant to the director of basketball operations at Memphis. Babul got his start in coaching as an assistant at Seekonk High School in Massachusetts. He graduated from UMass in 2000 with a degree in sports management. Babul lettered for the Minutemen from 1997-2000, serving as team captain his senior year. His collegiate honors included being appointed to the Atlantic 10 Conference All-Defensive Team and All-Academic Team on three occasions each. Babul played for Barbee at UMass and later working with him at Memphis..

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