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Brandon Chappell begins his first season as assistant coach.

Chappell was previously a graduate assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at NCAA Division I Northern Arizona University for two seasons. Prior to that, the Beaumont, Texas, native was an assistant coach at NCAA Division II Armstrong Atlantic State University for one season.

He played four seasons at NCAA Division I Lamar University, where he averaged 8.4 points per game during his senior season. Chappell helped lead the Cardinals to three conference tournament appearances. He finished his career in the top five all-time in 3-point percentage and top 10 all-time in 3-point field goals made in the Lamar record books.

Following his collegiate career, he played five seasons overseas. During his final professional season, he averaged 14.3 points per game while playing for Germany’s Licher Baeran.

Chappell, who has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Lamar and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona, also worked at Elite Hoops Basketball as the Nike Basketball director/trainer and was a camp director at the Kendrick Perkins NBA Skills Camp.



Zane Gibson begins his first season as assistant coach.

Gibson, a native of Chattanooga, Tenn., previously was a graduate assistant for two seasons at NCAA Division I Middle Tennessee State, where he played basketball (2009-2014).

He was a member of four conference championship teams as a player (2009-10, 2011-12, 2012-13, and 2013-14) and was a member of the coaching staff on the 2015-16 conference championship team. The 2011-12 team advanced to the NIT, while the 20012-13 and 2015-16 teams qualified for the NCAA National Tournament.

As a graduate assistant, Gibson also served as the video coordinator and assisted with various other aspects of the program.

He is married to his wife, Teal.