Floyd named UWA basketball assistant

Published 11:50 am Thursday, June 20, 2013

LIVINGSTON – Michael Floyd has been named assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of West Alabama, according to an announcement by Tiger director of athletics Stan Williamson.

Williamson said that Floyd will join the UWA basketball staff on July 1 and will serve as interim head coach until that position is filled.

“We are excited and pleased to welcome Michael to the UWA Athletics family,” Williamson said. “He brings a wealth of college basketball experience at multiple levels and has experienced success along the way.”

Email newsletter signup

“I am looking forward to being a part of the UWA family,” Floyd said. “I am anxious to get to know the players and be around the administration at West Alabama. There’s some work to be done and it starts with reaching out to the players.”

Floyd spent the last five seasons as an assistant at the University of South Alabama, where he helped coach the 2013 Sun Belt Conference player of the year Augustine Rubit. In his first year at USA, he helped the Jags earn an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament after compiling a 26-7 overall record.

He served the 2006-07 season as an assistant coach with Ronnie Arrow at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi where the Islanders went 26-7 and 14-2 in its first year in the Southland Conference.

Floyd has head coaching experience as well, guiding Alabama Southern Community College to an 18-12 record and a second-place finish in the division in 2005-06.

Floyd began his coaching career as an assistant at Spring Hill (2000-02) before gaining additional experience at the University of Alabama, spending two years as a graduate assistant before returning to full-time status as an assistant at Troy for the 2004-05 season.

He played at South Alabama from 1994-96, averaging 7.7 points as a freshman before finishing his career at Murray State. He helped lead the Racers to 56 victories in his last two years there.

An All-State player at McGill-Toolen High School in Mobile, Floyd averaged 21 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals as a junior to help lead the team to Class 6A state tournament.

Floyd graduated from Murray State in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. He and his wife Poppy are the parents of three daughters, Peyton, Micah and Matalie.