Byron Samuels

Byron Samuels (born May 3, 1964)

Teams coached: Hampton Pirates, Radford Highlanders, Florida A&M Rattlers
Hampton record: 17-36 (.321)
Radford record: 58-87 (.400)
Florida A&M record: 17-71 (.193)
Overall record^: 92-194 (.322)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2014-2017 Florida A&M
2013-2014 Georgia (CBO)
2010-2012 Hillsborough CC
2007-2009 South Florida (asst)
2002-2007 Radford
2001-2002 Radford (asst)
1997-2001 Tennessee (asst)
1995-1997 Hampton
1994-1995 Washington State (asst)
1992-1994 UNC Wilmington (asst)
1991-1992 Radford (asst)
1990-1991 UNC Wilmington (asst)
1989-1990 Tulsa (grad. asst)
1988-1989 Western Carolina (grad. asst)

Byron Samuels Facts

  • Byron Samuels
  • Born May 3, 1964
  • Hometown: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Alma Mater: University of North Carolina at Asheville (BS, 1986) / Western Carolina University (M.Ed, 1990)
  • Played for four years at UNC Asheville under long-time head coach Jerry Green
  • Got into coaching as a graduate assistant, spending one season each at Western Carolina (under Dave Possinger) and Tulsa (under J. D. Barnett)
  • Returned to his home state in 1990 to be an assistant coach under Kevin Eastman at UNC Wilmington
    • Was at UNCW for three years; also an assistant at Radford (under Ron Bradley) and Washington State (under Eastman)
  • Became a head coach in 1995, going 17-36 over two seasons with the Hampton Pirates
  • Left in 1997 to become an assistant coach at Tennessee under his collegiate head coach, Jerry Green
    • During their four years in Knoxville, Green and Samuels led the Vols to four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances
  • When Green resigned in 2001, Samuels returned to Radford where he spent another year on Bradley’s staff
    • Took over as the Highlanders’ head coach a year later, spending five seasons at the helm
    • Was 58-87 overall, finishing above .500 just once (2005-06); decided to resign following the 2006-07 season
  • Spent two years assisting Stan Heath at South Florida then two years as head coach at Hillsborough CC in Tampa, FL
  • After a year as operations coordinator at Georgia (under head coach Mark Fox), Samuels was hired by Florida A&M
    • Went just 17-71 in three seasons at the Rattlers’ head coach, winning 8 or less games each year
    • Fired in March 2017 following a 7-23 (5-11) campaign, good for second-to-last in the MEAC
  • Along with his wife, Beverlyn, has one daughter and one son

Byron Samuels Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only