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Josh Newman enters his 11th season as the head men's basketball coach at UAFS.

Newman has guided the Lions to a 191-104 win-loss record during his tenure, which began in late July of 2006.

The Chino Valley, Ariz., native has guided the Lions to a 121-79 record during their first seven seasons of NCAA Division II competition. In that span, the Lions have won three conference championships and have made two appearances in the NCAA Division II South Central Region Tournament.

This past season -- UAFS' fifth as an active Division II member -- he led the Lions to a 23-9 overall finish and a 14-6 finish in the conference and a return trip to the NCAA tournament.

Newman coached the Lions during their final three seasons of NJCAA membership. He compiled a 70-25 record, one East Division championship and consecutive appearances in the semifinals of the region tournament, along with consecutive Top 5 rankings in the national polls.

Newman has an extensive coaching background at the junior college and NCAA Division I levels.

He has coached and helped develop nine players who have been drafted or played in the NBA, including first-round draft picks Kirk Snyder and Javale McGee, and has coached 55 players who have pursued careers overseas. He has coached and recruited 47 former junior college players who have gone on to play at Division I programs over a seven-year span.

Prior to being named the head coach at UAFS, he spent three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Nevada (2003-2006). While at Nevada, the Wolfpack compiled a 77-22 win-loss record, three WAC regular-season championships and two WAC tournament championships and three consecutive NCAA tournaments with one trip to the Sweet 16.

Prior to becoming a Division I assistant he was an assistant at South Plains College (2001-2003). Newman helped guide the Texans to a 61-9 win-loss record, consecutive Western Junior College Athletic Conference championships, consecutive Region V championships and consecutive national tournament appearances. The Texans were also ranked in the NJCAA Division I Top 5 both seasons.

Before moving to West Texas he spent two seasons at McLennan Community College in Waco, TX (1999-2001). Newman began his coaching career as an assistant at UAFS (then Westark College) during the 1998-1999 season, serving under current Southern Miss Head Coach Doc Sadler.

Newman has a bachelor's degree in history from Arizona State University and a master's degree in sports studies from Texas A&M-Commerce.

Newman and his wife, Rita, have three children — Troy, Alexis and Daniella.