August 7, 2014

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MARTIN, Tenn. – John Aiken has joined the University of Tennessee at Martin men’s basketball coaching staff as an assistant coach, head coach Heath Schroyer has announced.

Aiken brings seven seasons of collegiate coaching experience to UT Martin, including the past two years as head coach at Belhaven University, a NAIA school located in Jackson, Miss.

“John has been a successful head coach and has a diverse background while coaching at many different levels,” said Schroyer, who enters his first season as Skyhawk head coach in 2014-15. “He has coached close to the Tennessee area and will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program.”

Aiken posted 30 overall wins and a 22-16 Southern States Athletic Conference record as head coach at Belhaven. Last season, 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.

“I am excited to work with Coach Schroyer and his coaching staff and also becoming a part of the Martin community,” Aiken said. “I believe all the pieces are in place to turn the program around and compete for Ohio Valley Conference championships in the near future.”

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 one daughter, Gracie.

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