Skyhawk Women's Basketball | Brian Haskins - Assistant Coach
Brian Haskins begins his fifth season as an assistant women's basketball coach. He came to UT Martin in the spring of 2009 with 10 years of coaching experience at both the high school and collegiate levels.
While an assistant at UT Martin, the Skyhawks have won three consecutive Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championships, appeared in three NCAA Tournaments and tallied one OVC regular season championship.
Working primarily with the guards, Haskins has coached the explosive duo of Heather Butler and Jasmine Newsome. Both three-time All-Ohio Valley Conference first teamers, Newsome (22.6 points per game) and Butler (22.4) each ranked in the top-10 in the nation in scoring in 2012-13, ranking fifth and sixth, respectively. Newsome captured her second straight OVC Player of the Year honors en route to All-American honorable mention accolades last season. Butler set an NCAA record by making a three-pointer in 80 consecutive games and tallied 37 points in the Skyhawks’ NCAA Tournament game against eventual Final Four participant Notre Dame – which ranked as the highest individual scoring game in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Together, Butler and Newsome are the program’s top two scorers after only three seasons, as Butler has poured in 2,111 points and Newsome has accumulated 1,958 points. They have helped UT Martin to 63 victories and three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances since 2010.
A 2000 graduate of Lambuth University and two-year basketball letter winner, Haskins worked as an assistant for his alma-mater's women's team for two seasons. He was a floor coach and director of recruiting. Additionally he helped prepare scouting reports and game plans while also working with game scheduling and practice agendas.
During his time with Lambuth, Haskins helped guide the team to a pair of NAIA National Tournament Appearances in which the Eagles advanced to the Sweet 16.
As a head coach, Haskins compiled an impressive 160-90 overall record. He took over the Perry County (Tenn.) High School Boy's program in 2001 and guided it through the 2004-05 season. During his time at the helm of Perry County, Haskins' teams averaged 20-plus wins per season. He guided his teams to a district tournament crown in 2001-02 along with a regular season championship in 2002-03 in addition to back-to-back regional tournament championships those same years.
In 2001-02 and 2002-03, Haskins' teams advanced to the sub-state tournament while the 2002-03 squad made it to the Tennessee State Tournament. The 2002-03 Perry Country team also achieved a ranking of No. 1 in Tennessee according to the Associated Press, helping Haskins earn his first district coach of the year accolade.
In 2005, Haskins took over the Westview High School Boy's program in Martin. In each of the four seasons with Haskins leading the way, Westview averaged 19-plus wins per season, finished among the top three in the district and reached the regional tournament each year. In both 2006-07 and 2007-08 Haskins was named the district coach of the year.
At Lambuth as a player from 1997-99, Haskins was a two-time All-Mid South Conference team member, twice named a Third Team All-American NAIA player and led the nation in free throw percentage during the 1989-90 season, shooting over 94 percent at the line.
Haskins began his collegiate playing career at Jackson State Community College where he was twice named an all-conference player and was among the top five scorers in the state of Tennessee his sophomore season.
Haskins is married to his wife Emily and the couple resides in Martin with two children, Taylor and Colin.