Skyhawk Men's Basketball | John Aiken - Assistant Coach
John Aiken begins his second season on the UT Martin men’s basketball coaching staff in 2015-16.
In Aiken's first season as a Skyhawk, the program led the nation with 12 road wins on its way to 21 victories - just one shy of the school record. UT Martin rode its success into the 2015 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament Final Four, racking up the program's first three postseason victories since becoming a Division-I member in 1992.
Aiken also was part of the Skyhawks' 13-win increase from the previous season, which ranked as the fourth-best turnaround in Division-I basketball in 2014-15.
Before joining the Skyhawks, Aiken tallied seven seasons of collegiate coaching experience, including two years as head coach at Belhaven University, a NAIA school located in Jackson, Miss.
Aiken posted 30 overall wins and a 22-16 Southern States Athletic Conference record as head coach at Belhaven. In 2013-14, he helped guide the Blazers to an 18-15 record (14-6 SSAC) and a spot in the NAIA Division I National Tournament. He spent the previous four seasons as the top assistant at Belhaven, which included two more trips to the NAIA national tournament (2010 and 2012). The Blazers went 24-10 during the 2009-10 season, earning a spot in the national tournament for the first time since 1972.
All in all, Aiken coached four honorable mention All-Americans, six all-division honorees and nine all-conference selections during his tenure at Belhaven.
Before his stint at Belhaven, Aiken was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of New England, an NCAA Division-III school located in Biddeford, Maine. He helped the Nor’easters reach the 2008 ECAC New England Regional Championship game after New England posted a 17-12 overall record.
Aiken also served as an assistant coach at Cheverus High School in Portland, Maine and Greater Portland Christian School in South Portland, Maine before entering the collegiate coaching ranks.
Aiken has gained valuable experience working prestigious summer camps at the University of Louisville, Xavier University, University of Connecticut, Wake Forest University, Florida State University and the University of Miami. He also worked as the director of basketball operations for Camp Caribou in Winslow, Maine.
A native of Portland, Maine, Aiken earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Southern Maine in 2008. He also completed his Master’s degree in sports administration at Belhaven in 2013. He and his wife Michelle spent a summer working with Athletes in Action in South Africa and Mozambique where they volunteered at orphanages, coached against several professional and club teams and visited with various schools and governmental organizations. He and Michelle have two children - a daughter Gracie and son Macrae.