Melvin Watkins

Melvin Watkins (born November 15, 1954)

Teams coached: Charlotte 49ers, Texas A&M Aggies, Missouri Tigers
Charlotte record: 42-20 (.677)
Texas A&M record: 60-112 (.349)
Missouri record: 2-5 (.286)
Overall record: 104-137 (.432)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  2  (1997, 1998)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • Conference USA Regular Season Champion:  1  (1997)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2011-2019 Arkansas (assoc. HC)
2006-2011 Missouri (assoc. HC)
2006 Missouri (interim HC)
2004-2006 Missouri (assoc. HC)
1998-2004 Texas A&M
1996-1998 Charlotte
1987-1996 Charlotte (assoc. HC)
1978-1987 Charlotte (asst)

Melvin Watkins Facts

  • Melvin Lenzo Watkins
  • Born November 15, 1954
  • Hometown: Reidsville, North Carolina
  • Alma Mater: University of North Carolina at Charlotte (BA, 1977)
  • Led Reidsville HS (NC) to a state title as a senior captain, then went on to play at UNC Charlotte
  • Hired by new Charlotte head coach Mike Pratt as an assistant in 1978; elevated to associate head coach in 1987
  • Selected as Mullins’ replacement in 1996, going 42-20 in two seasons at the helm
  • Left his alma mater for Texas A&M in 1998, coaching the Aggies for six seasons
    • Was just 60-112 at TAMU, finishing .500 or below every season and never reaching the postseason
    • Resigned in 2004 following a 7-21 (0-16 Big 12) season
  • Hired by Quin Snyder to be associate head coach at Missouri
    • Served as interim head coach for the final seven games (2-5) of the 2005-06 season after Snyder‘s resignation
    • Stayed at Missouri for another five years as associate head coach under Mike Anderson
    • Part of three NCAA Tournaments (one Sweet Sixteen) during his time at Mizzou
  • Followed Anderson to Arkansas in 2011, spending the next eight years in the same role there
    • Went to the postseason five times (3 NCAA, 2 NIT) while on the Razorbacks’ staff
  • Along with his wife, Nurrell, has two sons, one daughter and several grandchildren

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