Anthony Boone

Anthony Boone (born June 14, 1976)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Central Arkansas Bears
Current conference: ASUN Conference
Central Arkansas record: 34-73 (.318)
Overall record: 34-73 (.318)

Career Accomplishments:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2019-present Central Arkansas
2014-2019 Central Arkansas (assoc. HC)
2013-2014 Phoenix Mercury (asst)
2009-2013 Grand Canyon (asst)
2003-2009 Jackson State (asst)
2000-2003 Murray State (asst)
1999-2000 Ole Miss (grad. asst)

Anthony Boone Facts

  • Anthony Lynn Boone
  • Born June 14, 1976
  • Hometown: West Helena, Arkansas
  • Alma Mater: University of Mississippi (BS, 1999 & MS, 2000)
  • An all-state athlete and salutatorian at Central HS in West Helena, AR, Boone went on to play for Rob Evans at Ole Miss
    • Named to the SEC All-Freshman team in 1995, but much of the rest of his career was hampered by injuries
    • During his career, Boone was referred to as the “heart and soul” of a team that won back-to-back SEC West titles
    • Became the first Ole Miss basketball player (and second athlete after Archie Manning) to have his number (#41) retired
      • Also a member of the Ole Miss Athletic Hall of Fame
    • Spent the 1999-2000 as a graduate assistant under new Rebels’ head coach Rod Barnes
  • Joined Tevester Anderson‘s staff at Murray State in 2000, then followed Anderson to Jackson State in 2003
    • Worked under Anderson for a total of nine seasons, during which time he was part of two NCAA Tournament berths
  • Moved out West in 2009 to become an assistant under Russ Pennell at (then-Division II) Grand Canyon
    • Spent 2013 working with Pennell with the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA
  • Returned to his home state in 2014, becoming associate head coach for Pennell at Central Arkansas
    • When Pennell went on leave in December 2019 (then resigned in January), Boone was named the Bears’ interim head coach and went 9-12 to finish the season
  • In March 2020, Boone had the interim tag removed and was officially hired as head coach at UCA
    • The program moved from the Southland to the ASUN starting with the 2021-22 season
  • Along with his wife, Jennifer, has two daughters

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