Shane Southwell reportedly has a new gig.
Southwell, a former Kansas State men’s basketball player who recently was promoted to the program’s director of student-athlete development, will head to Pennsylvania. According to a report from CBS Sports college basketball insider Jon Rothstein, Southwell will become an assistant coach on Andrew Toole’s staff. Rothstein reported that Southwell replaces Tray Woodall, who left to take a job at St. Bonaventure.
A K-State men’s basketball spokesman declined to comment on the move, as it has not become official. Robert Morris has not publicly announced Southwell’s hire, either.
Southwell himself, however, already has changed his Twitter account to note his new title. It reads, “Assistant Coach at Robert Morris University!” He also retweeted multiple tweets congratulating him on the move.
A four-year standout for the Wildcats from 2010 to 2014, Southwell spent the past two seasons as one of the program’s two graduate student managers.
After K-State assistant Chester Frazier left in April for the same position at Virginia Tech, Wildcats head coach Bruce Weber promoted Jermaine Henderson to take Frazier’s role. At the same time, Weber also tabbed Southwell for Henderson’s former role as the program’s student-athlete development director.
“I’m obviously blessed for the opportunity to continue my coaching career at my alma mater,” Southwell said in a release May 17. “It has been a rewarding experience the past two years as a graduate assistant and I’m exciting about taking this next step as the director of student-athlete development and helping our players off the court.”
Weber was similarly excited for Southwell to continue his career in Manhattan.
“As a player, you knew that Shane had the potential to be an excellent coach,” Weber said. “He had a great feel and IQ for the game of basketball. He did an excellent job as a graduate assistant relating to our players and learning the game. There is no doubt that he is a true student of the game of basketball. It is always good to have a former player on your staff who not only can relate to the current players, but also has a special pride for Kansas State and our basketball program.”
Both Weber and Southwell were part of an undefeated run to the gold medal for the United States team at the FIBA U19 World Cup last month in Greece. Weber was the team’s head coach while Southwell served as the video coordinator.
A native of the Bronx, Southwell was a graduate student manager the past two years as the Wildcats posted consecutive 25-win campaigns for the first time in school history. His primary duties involved the initial breakdown of video, the gathering of scouting information and coordinating film exchange.
Southwell was a four-year (2010-14) standout for K-State, helping the Wildcats advance to four consecutive NCAA Tournaments and capture the school’s first-ever Big 12 Championship in 2012-13. He ended his career with 92 wins, tied for ninth most in school history. An All-Big 12 honorable mention in 2013, he started 26 of 33 games, averaging 8.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game as a junior. He finished his career among the school’s top 10 in three categories, ranking just outside the career top 10 in games played (126) and assists (271).
Southwell is one of just six players in school history to be part of conference championship teams as both a player and a member of the coaching staff, joining Ernie Barrett, Bill Guthridge, Lon Kruger, Howard Shannon and Darryl Winston.
He joined K-State after a decorated high school career at New York City powerhouse Rice High. A Rivals150 selection, Southwell led the Raiders to a 21-6 record and a final ranking of No. 4 in the city by the New York Post in 2009-10. He guided Rice to 46 wins as a junior and senior, including the 2009 Class AA state championship.
After graduating from K-State, Southwell played professionally in Mexico, Australia and Switzerland. He most recently played for Winterthur in the Swiss LNA in 2017, averaging 15.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in communications studies from K-State in 2014 and his master’s degree in college student personnel and intercollegiate athletics in May.