Head CoachRead More
One of the winningest active Division I coaches with over 400 career wins and 12 NCAA Tournament appearances to his credit, Bruce Weber begins his seventh season at Kansas State in 2018-19 after being named the school’s 24th head men’s basketball coach on March 31, 2012.
Weber has guided the Wildcats to 20-win seasons and NCAA Tournament appearances four times during his tenure, including a record-setting inaugural campaign in 2012-13, in which, he helped K-State to its first conference championship in 36 seasons. This past season, he steered the school to its sixth 25-win season and the first trip to the NCAA Elite Eight since 2009-10. During the Wildcats’ run in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, he became just the 10th Division I head coach to take three different schools (Southern Illinois, Illinois and K-State) to the Sweet 16.
Weber’s 125 wins are the fourth-most by a head coach in school history and the most since Jack Hartman retired as the school’s winningest coach with 295 victories in 1986. He captured his 100th career win at K-State in the 95-88 victory over Wake Forest in the NCAA First Four in March 2017, becoming the fifth head coach in school history to eclipse 100 career wins. He is also the fifth coach to take the school to at least four NCAA Tournaments in a tenure, while only three other coaches (Hartman, Tex Winter and Frank Martin) have more 20-win seasons.
Associate Head CoachRead More
Former Southern Illinois coach Chris Lowery is in his seventh season as associate head coach at Kansas State (in 2018-19) after being the first hire by head coach Bruce Weber on April 5, 2012. He was promoted to associate head coach on October 2, 2012.
A veteran coach with more than 20 years of college coaching experience, Lowery has played an instrumental role in helping K-State post NCAA?Tournament appearances and 20-win seasons in four of the past six seasons, including a run to the Elite Eight in 2018. In addition, he helped the school capture its first-ever Big 12 regular-season championship in 2012-13, which included the second-most wins (27) and tie for the most conference wins (14) in school history.
During his time at K-State, Lowery has tutored 11 players named to All-Big 12 teams, including first team selections Rodney McGruder (2013) and Dean Wade (2018), second team picks Angel Rodriguez (2013), Marcus Foster (2014) and Barry Brown, Jr. (2018) and third team honoree Wesley Iwundu (2016, 2017). In addition, he has helped mentor three Big 12 All-Defensive Team members in Rodriguez (2013), Iwundu (2016) and Brown (2018) as well as three players selected to the league’s All-Newcomer Team, including Brown and Wade, who became the first Wildcat duo to be honored on all-rookie squad in 2015-16.
Assistant CoachRead More
A former collegiate point guard at Illinois, Chester Frazier is in his seventh season at Kansas State in 2018-19 as an assistant coach to Bruce Weber.
Frazier has played a role in one of the best stretches in school history, which includes 125 wins and NCAA Tournament appearances in four of the last six seasons, including a run to the Elite Eight in 2018. He also helped K-State capture its first-ever Big 12 regular-season title in 2012-13, which included the second-most wins (27) and a tie for the most conference victories (14) in school history.
Frazier has tutored 11 players named to All-Big 12 teams the past six seasons, including first team selections Rodney McGruder (2013) and Dean Wade (2018), second team picks Angel Rodriguez (2013), Marcus Foster (2014) and Barry Brown, Jr. (2018) and third team honoree Wesley Iwundu (2016, 2017). In addition, he has helped mentor three Big 12 All-Defensive Team members in Rodriguez (2013), Iwundu (2016) and Brown (2018) as well as three players selected to the league’s All-Newcomer Team, including Brown and Wade, who became the first Wildcat duo to be honored on all-rookie squad in 2015-16.
Assistant CoachRead More
Brad Korn, a former player for Bruce Weber with more than a decade of Division I coaching experience, is set to begin his third season as an assistant coach at Kansas State in 2018-19.
In two years back at K-State after a three-year stint at Missouri State (2013-16), Korn has helped the Wildcats to 46 wins and consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including a 25-win campaign and Elite Eight appearance in 2018. In his first year back in 2016-17, the squad won 21 games, including eight over teams that advanced to the postseason, and knocked off Wake Forest in the NCAA First Four before losing to No. 18 Cincinnati in the NCAA South Regional First Round.
Working primarily with the post players, Korn has been a big influence on the development of senior Dean Wade, who became just the fourth Wildcat to earn All-Big 12 First Team honors in 2018. Wade was one of just 15 players in the Big 12 era (since 1996-97) to average at least 15 points, 5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals in a single season as a junior in 2017-18.
Director of Men's Basketball OperationsRead More
Drew Speraw (pronounced SPEAR-awe), who spent the 2012-13 season as video coordinator, is in his seventh season at Kansas State as the director of operations for Bruce Weber in 2018-19. He was promoted to his current post on August 16, 2013.
Speraw has played an impactful role in helping K-State to 125 wins and NCAA?Tournament appearances four times in the last six seasons in his roles, first as video coordinator and secondly as the director of operations. The 125 wins are the third-most by a coaching staff in their first six seasons in school history, including the first to post multiple 25-win seasons. This past year, the Wildcats defied preseason expectations to win 25 games and earn their first Elite Eight appearance since 2009-10.
As the program’s video coordinator in 2012-13, Speraw helped K-State to one of its best seasons in school history, as the Wildcats registered a 27-8 overall record and 14-4 mark in league play en route to their first-ever Big 12 Championship and a fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA?Tournament. The 27 wins were the second-most in school history, while the 14 in league play tied the school record held by the 1958-59 team. It was the 20th conference championship in school history and the first since the 1976-77 season.
Director of Men's Basketball Video ServicesRead More
Mike Furlong enters his fourth season with the K-State men’s basketball program in 2018-19, including his second as the video coordinator, after spending two seasons as a graduate assistant.
During his time on the coaching staff, Furlong has helped the Wildcats post 63 wins, including a 25-win campaign in 2017-18, to go with consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 2017 and 2018. This past season, he helped the school advance to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2009-10.
As a graduate assistant from 2016-18, Furlong helped with the initial breakdown of game video, aided in scouting opponents and coordinated film exchange with then video coordinator Dustin Yoder.
A native of Livonia, Mich., Furlong concluded his playing career at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan in 2015, where he lettered four years for head coach John Tharp. He helped the Chargers to a 72-38 record during his career, including a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) regular-season title in 2011-12. He served as a team captain as a senior in 2014-15, while he was “Teammate of the Year” in both 2014 and 2015.
Furlong earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing management from Hillsdale in June 2015, while he received his Master’s degree in Academic Advising from Kansas State in 2017.
Recruiting Coordinator/Assistant to Head CoachRead More
Bailey Bachamp is in her seventh year as an administrative assistant, including her second as recruiting coordinator and assistant to the head coach, for the K-State men's basketball program in 2018-19.
Hired July 2012, Bachamp is responsible for a number of administrative duties, including coordinating coaches' travel, organizing the men’s basketball office, maintaining coaches' calendars and monitoring the budget. She also handles the personal schedule of head coach Bruce Weber. In addition, Bachamp is responsible for all aspects of the annual men’s basketball banquet each April.
Bachamp joined the basketball staff after spending four months as an inside spirit sales representative at GTM Sportswear. She has athletics experience as an undergraduate, serving four years as a student assistant in the football office, where she assisted in the recruiting process. She also spent a summer as a cheerleading marketing intern with the Kansas City Chiefs.
A native of Manhattan, Kan., and graduate of Manhattan High, she earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Kansas State in 2011. Formerly Bailey Borck, she is married to former Wildcat wide receiver Cole Bachamp.
Director of Student-Athlete DevelopmentRead More
The newest member of the coaching staff, Jermaine Henderson is in his second season as the director of student-athlete development in 2018-19 after serving as a Division I assistant coach for the past 20 years at Miami (Ohio), Missouri State and Cleveland State.
In his position as the director of student-athlete development, Henderson is responsible for a variety of areas, including basketball-related matters, handling special projects for the staff and assisting with community service projects and the Life Skills program. He is also involved in the student-athlete’s academic development and counseling each in career planning and goal setting.
Henderson assumes an off-the-court role at K-State after a 20-year stint as an assistant coach, most recently at Cleveland State (2015-17) under head coach Gary Waters, who retired following the 2016-17 season. Prior to his stint at CSU, he spent three seasons as an assistant coach under Paul Lusk at Missouri State (2012-15), where he coached alongside current Wildcat assistant coach Brad Korn.
Assistant Strength & Conditioning CoachRead More
Ben O’Donnell is in his third season as the strength and conditioning coach for the K-State men’s basketball team in 2018-19.
In his first two seasons at K-State, O’Donnell has helped build the foundation for a Wildcat program that has won 46 games and advanced to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including a 25-win campaign and trip to the Elite Eight in 2018. He has also assisted in the development of four All-Big 12 selections, including Barry Brown, Jr., and Dean Wade, who became just the sixth tandem in the Big 12 era to earn spots on the 15-member All-Big 12 First, Second or Third Teams in 2018.
A former point guard at Florida State and UCF, O’Donnell came to K-State in June 2016 after spending five seasons at his alma mater in Orlando, where he coordinated the strength and conditioning program for men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, men’s and women soccer, women’s tennis and men’s golf. Overall, he spent six years at UCF, starting as an intern (2010-11) then as a graduate assistant (2011-13) before becoming a full-time staff member in 2013.
O’Donnell played one season at Florida State (2007-08) for head coach Leonard Hamilton before transferring to UCF in 2008, where he played alongside current K-State director of basketball operations Drew Speraw for one season (2009-10), under Drew’s father, Kirk.
Assistant Athletic Trainer, Men's BasketballRead More
Luke Sauber begins his seventh year as an assistant athletic trainer at Kansas State, including his fifth as the primary trainer for the men’s basketball team in 2018-19. He joined the men’s basketball support staff in June 2014 after spending two seasons as the athletic trainer for the women’s basketball team.
The Salina, Kan., native returned to his alma mater in 2012 after a four-year stint (2008-12) as an assistant athletic trainer at Abilene Christian, where he worked with the football, men’s basketball, golf and men’s and women’s tennis programs.
Prior to his tenure at Abilene Christian, Sauber completed a year-long internship with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers in 2007-08.
Sauber earned a dual Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training and Kinesiology from Kansas State in 2005. He received his Master’s in College Student Personal/Intercollegiate Athletics in 2007.
As a student athletic trainer (2001-05) and graduate assistant (2005-07) at K-State, he worked with a variety of sports, including football, men’s basketball, baseball and men’s and women’s track and field.
Graduate Assistant, Men's BasketballRead More
Former Wildcat Shane Southwell enters his second season as a graduate student manager at Kansas State in 2018-19.
In his first season, Southwell helped the Wildcats to a 25-win season and their first trip to the Elite Eight since 2009-10. His primary duties are to assist in the initial breakdown of game video, aid in gathering scouting information as well as help coordinate film exchange. He also assists with recruiting database and travel.
A four-year standout at K-State from 2010-14, Southwell helped the Wildcats advance to four consecutive NCAA Tournaments and capture the school’s first-ever Big 12 Championship in 2012-13. He finished his career with 92 wins, which ties him for ninth all-time in school history. He is part of just three classes to advance to four NCAA Tournaments in a career.
A 2013 honorable mention All-Big 12 selection, Southwell started 26 of 33 for the Big 12 champions, averaging 8.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game as a junior. He ranked among the team’s Top 5 in a number of categories, including first in 3-point field goal percentage, second in assists and blocked shots and third in scoring, 3-point field goals and steals. The Harlem, New York native finished his career ranking in the Top 10 in three categories in school history and currently ranks 10th in both games played (126) and assists (271).
Graduate Assistant, Men's BasketballRead More
In his first season, Strohm helped the Wildcats to a 25-win season and their first trip to the Elite Eight since 2009-10. His primary duties are to assist in the initial breakdown of game video, aid in gathering scouting information as well as help coordinate film exchange. He also assists with recruiting database and travel.
Strohm joined the staff in 2017 after spending a year as a skills trainer for Pure Sweat Basketball, which trains basketball players of all levels to improve their skills.
A native of St. Louis, Strohm was a Division III baseball player, first at Westminster College (2012-14) in Fulton, Missouri, before concluding his career at Greenville College (2014-16) in Greenville, Illinois. A left-handed pitcher, he helped Greenville Panthers capture the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) Tournament Championship and a trip to the Division III Central Regional in Waverly, Iowa as a junior in 2015. In his career, he posted a 10-7 record in 24 appearances from the mound with a 3.91 ERA, 102 strikeouts and three complete games.
His father, Joe, is a longtime employee of the St. Louis Cardinals and is currently Vice President of Ticket Sales.