Elwyn McRoy joins basketball staff

Iowa State head men's basketball coach Fred Hoiberg announced today that Elwyn McRoy, an owner of 14 years of coaching experience at the Division I and junior college level, will join the Cyclone men's basketball program as an assistant coach.

"Elwyn is going to be a tremendous asset to our program," Hoiberg said. "He is a Midwestern guy who understands what we are trying to accomplish at Iowa State. Elwyn has proven to be a great recruiter with ties all across the country. His experience on the bench will also be a benefit to our staff and players. We are thrilled to have him join us."

McRoy spent the last two seasons (2009-10) as a member of John Brady's staff at Arkansas State where he was a key part of the Red Wolves' resurgence on the college basketball landscape. ASU went 17-14 overall and 11-7 in league play (Sun Belt Conference), totaling its best conference mark since 2006-07.

McRoy helped tutor Sun Belt Freshman of the Year Brandon Reed in his rookie season in 2009-10, as Reed earned USBWA and NABC All-District honors after averaging an ASU-freshman-record 15.1 points per game.

A native of Wichita, Kan., McRoy has developed a reputation as a top-notch recruiter with his valuable ties in the junior college ranks. In 2009, McRoy was lauded by collegeinsider.com as one of the best mid-major assistants in college basketball. The website called him, "arguably the best junior college recruiter in all of college basketball." He was also noted as one of the best junior college recruiters by Basketball Times.

"I can't put into words how excited I am about the opportunity to coach at this level and to work with a coach that has established a great reputation like Fred," McRoy said. "Iowa State has a storied history of success and I am going to work hard to help bring that success back."

McRoy cemented his strong junior college background when he began his career as an assistant coach at Butler (Kan.) Community College in 1997 before going to Independence (Kan.) Community College from 1998-2000. He then became an assistant at Redlands (Okla.) Community College from 2001-02, where was influential in the recruitment of Taj Gray, who later became the 2005 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year at Oklahoma, and Brandon Polk, who was named the 2006 Horizon Conference Player of the Year at Butler.

McRoy was head coach at Frank Phillips (Texas) College for two seasons (2002-03) before becoming an assistant at Southern University (2003-05) and Northwood (Fla.) University (2005-06). At Southern, he helped guide the Jaguars to their best record in six years and their first above-.500 mark in conference play in eight years.

Before his stint at Arkansas State, McRoy was an assistant for two seasons at Georgia Southern, where he aided the Eagles to a 20-12 mark in 2007-08. He helped GSU land several top recruits, including JUCO All-Americans Tyrone Crunnell, Julian Allen and Antonio Hansen.

McRoy enjoyed a solid player career, competing one season at Butler Community College before transferring to Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College for his sophomore year, helping the Blue Dragons win the 1994 NJCAA National Championship. He finished his collegiate career at Cleveland State, earning his bachelor's degree in 1995.

In the summer of 2010, McRoy was selected by the Black Coaches Association to take part in the ACE (Achieving Coaching Excellence) program in Indianapolis, Ind., where he participated in a three-day professional development program.

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