Ducks Add Assistant Hoops Coach

EUGENE, Ore. -- Tony Stubblefield has been named an assistant coach for the University of Oregon men's basketball program it was announced by head coach Dana Altman on Tuesday. Stubblefield comes to UO with 17 years of coaching experience at the college level, having recently completed four years as an assistant at the University of Cincinnati.

"Tony is a proven recruiter who did a nice job in his time at both New Mexico State and Cincinnati," Altman said. "He brings excellent experience to our staff, along with his recruiting connections across the nation. We're happy to have Tony join us here at Oregon as we move into a key recruiting period for our program."

"We all wish Tony the best with this new opportunity at the University of Oregon," Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said. "I personally want to thank him for coming here to Cincinnati from the very beginning and helping us rebuild the foundation of this program. His loyalty, tireless work ethic, and friendship have put this program back on track."

Stubblefield served as Cincinnati's recruiting coordinator from 2006-10. He played a key role in landing McDonald's All-American Lance Stephenson as part of the 2009 recruiting class. Stephenson, the 2009-10 Big East Conference Rookie of the Year, was recently drafted in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers.

Prior to joining the staff at Cincinnati, Stubblefield served as assistant coach at New Mexico State for six seasons, one of which he served as interim head coach. He was responsible for all aspects of the basketball program at New Mexico State. Prior to the start of the 2004-05 season, he was elevated to interim head coach when Lou Henson's health forced him to miss the season.

As recruiting coordinator at NMSU, Stubblefield attracted three national top-100 rated players, including one McDonald's All-American, a junior college All-American, and first-team all-state high school players from six different states.

Stubblefield was the lead assistant and recruiting coordinator at the University of Texas-Arlington for four seasons before his time at NMSU. At UTA, he successfully recruited two top-10 prospects from the state of Texas along with first-team all-region junior college players from Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Stubblefield began his coaching career as a student assistant for two seasons at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, his alma mater, where he completed his undergraduate degree in 1995.

Stubblefield, who transferred to UNO following two years at Clinton (Iowa) Community College, earned two letters playing guard at Nebraska-Omaha where he was the team captain his senior season.

Upon graduation from UNO, he became an assistant coach at the University of Texas at San Antonio for the 1995-96 season, where he was responsible for coaching the guards and was the program's top recruiter.

In high school, Stubblefield was one of the top players in the state of Colorado. He was the runner-up for state Player of the Year honors at Bloomfield (Colo.) High School his senior season, while picking up first-team all-state and Boulder County Player of the Year accolades.

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