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Leadership

  • HC
    Andy Kennedy
  • RL
    Rahim Lockhart
  • AC
    Tony Madlock
  • AC
    Todd Abernethy
Head Coach
Andy Kennedy
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Andy Kennedy
Head Coach
  • Fourth-most wins in SEC history by a coach in his first 11 years in the league at one school (234)
  • One of five coaches in SEC history to post at least nine 20-win seasons in first 11 years in the league, joining Billy Donovan (Florida), Joe B. Hall (Kentucky), Nolan Richardson (Arkansas) and Tubby Smith (Kentucky)
  • Only coach in SEC history to post 11 consecutive winning seasons after taking over a program coming off four straight losing seasons
  • One of eight active head coaches with 12 or more consecutive winning seasons to start career: Jim Boeheim (41), Roy Williams (29), Tom Izzo (22), Mark Few (18), Jamie Dixon (14), Sean Miller (13), Andy Kennedy (12), Dave Rose (12)
Assistant Coach
Rahim Lockhart
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Rahim Lockhart
Assistant Coach

Ole Miss All-American Rahim Lockhart is in his first season as an assistant coach with the Rebels.

Lockhart, a standout on the hardwood for the Rebels from 1998-2001, returned to Ole Miss after a successful high school and junior college coaching career. Most recently, Lockhart was the head coach at Jones County (Miss.) Junior College, where he led the Bobcats to a 64-15 record in three seasons and three straight NJCAA Region 23 Tournament appearances. This past season, Lockhart guided Jones to a 29-2 overall mark and the NJCAA Tournament round of 16.

A Mendenhall, Mississippi, native, Lockhart helped the Bobcats to a 17-8 record in 2015-16 and an appearance in the MACJC championship game. In his first season in 2014-15, Jones won its first 14 games and was ranked as high as No. 8 in the NJCAA Division I poll en route to an 18-5 overall mark.

Lockhart came to JCJC after serving as head coach at Madison Central in Madison, Mississippi from 2011-14, where he led the Jaguars to the 6A North State title in 2013 and 2014 and the 6A state finals in 2013. He was head coach at Grenada (Miss.) from 2009-11, leading the Chargers to North State in 2011, and served as the head coach at Taylorsville (Miss.) from 2007-09, guiding the Tartars to the 2A championship quarterfinals in 2008 and 2009 and a district championship in 2009. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Piney Woods (Miss.) from 2005-07, helping the Tornadoes to the 2A state finals in 2007.

One of the greatest players in Ole Miss Basketball history, Lockhart earned third team All-America honors as a senior in 2001 after leading the Rebels to a 27-8 overall record and the school’s first ever NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. He ranks 27th in Ole Miss history with 1,160 career points and earned All-SEC honors as a senior after averaging 13.0 points and 8.1 rebounds a game. A member of the Ole Miss Team of the Century, Lockhart helped the Rebels to three NCAA Tournament appearances, two SEC Western division titles and three 20-win seasons in his four years in Oxford.

Lockhart received his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in History from the University of Mississippi and his Master’s of Sports Administration degree from Belhaven University. He and his wife Tarrah have four children, Amirah, Alonzo, Ahmad, and Ahmari.

 

Assistant Coach
Tony Madlock
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Tony Madlock
Assistant Coach

Tony Madlock, who boasts more than 20 years of collegiate coaching experience, is in his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Rebels.

Last season, Madlock helped guide the Rebels to 22 victories and a trip to the NIT Quarterfinals. He coached Sebastian Saiz to all-league honors and a record-breaking senior season. Averaging 15.1 ppg and 11.4 rebounds per game, Saiz set the school record by pulling down 409 boards throughout the year.

During the 2015-16 campaign, Madlock and the Rebels won 20 games for the second time in as many seasons in Oxford. Senior guard Stefan Moody earned first team All-SEC honors for the second-straight season and Madlock helped coach Saiz, who finished fourth in the SEC in rebounding.

In his first season in Oxford, Madlock helped the Rebels win 21 games and advance in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons. Under his tutelage, Moody earned first team All-SEC honors from the Associated Press and the league’s coaches.

Madlock, who spent four seasons as a member of Tony Barbee’s staff at Auburn, has also coached four seasons as an assistant at UTEP and nine seasons at Arkansas State.

At Auburn, Madlock helped coach Chris Denson to All-SEC second team honors in 2013-14, and he recruited three top-100 players to the Plains during his time with the Tigers.

In his four years at UTEP, Madlock recruited 2010 C-USA Player of the Year, Randy Culpepper, and Arnett Moultrie, a 2009 C-USA All-Freshman Team selection. UTEP won the 2010 Conference USA Championship with a 26-7 overall record and a 15-1 league mark as the Miners advanced to the NCAA Tournament before losing to eventual NCAA runner-up Butler.

He also coached Stefon Jackson, who is the all-time leading scorer in UTEP and Conference USA history, All-CUSA second-team selection Derrick Carracter, who was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2010, and C-USA All-Defensive Team member Julyan Stone.

Madlock spent six of his nine years at Arkansas State as the assistant head coach prior to going to El Paso. He helped Arkansas State to the 1998 Sun Belt Conference regular season championship and the 1999 Sun Belt Conference tournament title, as he recruited six junior college All-Americans to the school.

He also recruited the only junior college player in Arkansas State history to score 1,000 points in two seasons. He coached four all-conference players and the Sun Belt Conference Newcomer of the Year.

Madlock began his coaching career as an assistant and teacher at his alma mater, Melrose High School, in Memphis. The Golden Wildcats posted a 67-29 mark over the three seasons with Madlock on the staff, and Melrose was the 1997 state tournament runner-up with a 32-7 record. Madlock also starred at Melrose, receiving honorable mention All-America and first-team All-State honors as a point guard while lettering three years.

Madlock earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Memphis in 1991 in 3.5 years. The Memphis, Tennessee, native capped off a successful career at Memphis in helping the Tigers to the 1992 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight to go along with four-straight postseason appearances.

A four-year letterman and three-year starter for Memphis from 1988-92, Madlock was a member of four postseason tournament teams for the Tigers, reaching the NCAA Tournament and NIT two times each.

He still ranks among the school’s all-time leaders for games played (128) and averaged in double figures as a junior and senior. Madlock played one year of professional basketball in South America prior to starting his coaching career.

Born Feb. 17, 1970, Madlock is married to the former Stacie Bryant of Memphis. They have two children, a daughter, Kyndal, and a son, T.J.

 

Assistant Coach
Todd Abernethy
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Todd Abernethy
Assistant Coach

Former Ole Miss hoops standout Todd Abernethy is in his fourth season with the Rebels and his third as an assistant coach. Abernethy served as coordinator of recruiting development and acting assistant coach for the Rebel basketball staff in 2014-15 before moving to a full-time assistant.

Last season, Abernethy helped coach Ole Miss to 22 victories and a berth into the quarterfinals of the National Invitational Tournament. Rebel guards flourished with Abernethy’s guidance as Miami (Fla.) transfer Deandre Burnett led the team in scoring (16.5 ppg) and Terence Davis emerged with a breakout sophomore season. After averaging only 1.8 ppg as a freshman, Davis’ scoring exploded to 14.9 ppg last year.

During the 2015-16 season, Abernethy and the Rebels won 20 games for the second-straight season and under Abernethy’s tutelage senior guard Stefan Moody earned first team All-SEC honors for the second-straight season.

In his first season back in Oxford, Abernethy helped the Rebels win 21 games and advance in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons. Under his guidance, Moody earned All-SEC first team honors from the Associated Press and the league’s coaches.

A three-time team captain and fan favorite for the Rebels from 2004-07, Abernethy returned to Oxford after serving as the director of basketball operations and video coordinator at IUPUI in 2013. There, he assisted the Jaguars’ coaching staff with day-to-day operations, administrative functions and video coordination.

Following his Ole Miss playing days, Abernethy began a six-year international professional career that included stops in the Netherlands, Estonia, Latvia, Poland and the Ukraine. In 2010, he helped his Tartu Rock squad to the Estonia National Championship, while later helping BK Ventspils to the Final 8 of the EuroChallenge in Latvia in 2012. He later founded the Todd Abernethy Basketball Camp, training the top high school players in Latvia.

A Carmel, Indiana native, Abernethy finished his Ole Miss career with 1,036 points and ranks fourth in school history with 431 assists. He earned All-Southeastern Conference honors in 2006-07 and was voted the league’s Sixth Man of the Year in 2004-05. A three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member, he earned his degree in banking and finance in 2007 and was Ole Miss’ nominee for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post Graduate Scholarship.

Todd and his wife, Micah, a former Ole Miss cross country and track letterwinner, have two daughters, Ruthie and Maria, and a son, Jack.