Billy Garrett is in his first season as a member of the basketball staff at the University of Iowa after joining the staff last July. Garrett joins the Hawkeye program after serving as an assistant coach at Seton Hall for the past five seasons. Garrett helped the Pirates post an 18-12 record in 2006, advancing to the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Seton Hall advanced to the NCAA second round in 2005 and competed in the NIT in 2004. Overall , the Pirates posted an 80-69 record in the five seasons Garrett was a member of the staff, making three straight post-season appearances. Garrett joined the college coaching ranks in 2000-01, serving as an assistant coach at Siena. Siena that season posted a 20-11 overall record and tied for first place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Prior to joining the college ranks, Garrett served as athletic director, boys basketball coach and head track and field coach at Providence St. Mel High School in Chicago (1994-2000). Taking over a basketball program that was 4-22 the previous season, Garrett compiled a 130-50 record while transforming the program into a city, state and national power. A native of Indianapolis, IN, Garrett attended Illinois State University, where he played football for four years. He earned his bachelor’s [apos]s degree in youth administration from the University of Indianapolis in 1991. As is the case with Iowa Coach Steve Alford, Garrett comes from a basketball family in the state of Indiana. Garrett[apos]s father, the late William Garrett, was Indiana[apos]s [quote]Mr. Basketball[quote] in 1947. He led Shelbyville to its first state title and later became the first African-American basketball player in the Big Ten Conference while at Indiana. He was the Hoosiers[apos] Most Valuable Player in 1951. Billy was born in 12/16/64. He and his wife, Annissa, have one son, Billy (11).
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