Florida A&M University (FAMU) has hired former University of Oregon men’s basketball assistant Robert McCullum as the school’s next head men’s basketball coach.
A seasoned veteran with an impressive résuméspanning more than 30 years, McCullum comes to FAMU after spending the last three seasons at Oregon, which made its first trip to the Final Four in 78 years this past April.
McCullum’s career, which is highlighted by head coaching assignments at Western Michigan and the University of South Florida, has been defined by the successful total development of his student-athletes in the classroom and on the court.
His résumé also includes a second Final Four appearance (1994), where he played a vital role in the recruitment and development of student-athletes at the University of Florida as an assistant on Lon Kruger’s staff.
McCullum’s association with Kruger began when he joined the staff at Kansas State (1989-90), where the school made a NCAA Tournament appearance in 1990, continuing at Florida (1990-96), where the Gators made two NCAA appearances, including a run to the Final Four in 1994, and at Illinois (1996-2000), which won a Big Ten title and played in the NCAA Tournament three times.
McCullum has had an international impact on the game, serving as the Nigerian National Team head coach in 2007, which posted a 5-1 record at the All-Africa
In addition to his time as Nigeria’s head coach, he was an assistant for the Forshan Long Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association (2011-12), directed the first professional player camp in Russia from 2012-13 (Revolution Basketball Camp in Kazan) and was the director of the NBA’s “Train the Trainer” program in Johannesburg, South Africa.
His coaching history also includes stops at San Francisco (2007-08), Central Florida (2009-10) and Georgia Tech (2010- 11).
The new FAMU coach also served two stints as an assistant at South Alabama (1982-83 and 1984- 87) and one year at Samford (1983-84). He moved on to Southern Illinois from 1987-89, where he helped the Salukis achieve a 20-win season and the school’s first post-season bid in 11 years.