Melvin Haralson named ASU Basketball associate head coach

JONESBORO, Ark., (ASU) – Arkansas State head men's basketball coach John Brady announced Monday the addition of Melvin Haralson as associate head coach for the Red Wolves basketball program.

Haralson comes to ASU after spending last season as an assistant coach at Texas Southern, where he helped lead the Tigers to the 2010-11 SWAC regular season championship, earning a bid to the 2011 National Invitational Tournament (NIT).

Before his stint at TSU, Haralson spent 10 years at the University of Houston, including six years as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. While recruiting coordinator at Houston, Haralson had three of his last six recruiting classes ranked nationally.

During his last season with the Cougars, Haralson helped lead the squad to the Conference USA Tournament title, earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Haralson also had great success on the recruiting trail, consistently bringing in highly ranked recruiting classes throughout his tenure with Houston. He played a major role in building the Cougars' 2010 Conference Championship team, bringing in such players as two-time All-Conference-USA First Team selection Aubrey Coleman (Houston), 2008 Louisiana Player of the Year Kendrick Washington, 2009 Louisiana Player of the Year Nick Haywood, National Junior College All-American Second Team selection Adam Brown, New York All-City First Team selection Zamal Nixon and Junior College All-Region-XIV First Team selection Maurice McNeil.  Other notable players he helped bring to Houston were two-time All-Conference-USA First Team selection Robert McKiver (New Haven) of the NBDL, and All-Conference-USA First Team selections Oliver Lafayette (Houston) of the Boston Celtics and Andre Owens (Houston) of the Indiana Pacers.

"We are very fortunate to have hired Melvin Haralson to be our new associate head coach at Arkansas State University," said Brady. "He brings an expertise from a coaching standpoint which we will benefit greatly from. He will bring a wealth of knowledge and connections on the recruiting front. I am extremely excited about him being a part of our basketball program at Arkansas State."

During his last six years at Houston as associate head coach, Haralson helped lead the Cougars to more than 120 wins and four postseason appearances, including winning 18 or more games for five-straight years, including posting a 24-10 record in 2007-08.

"This will be my 24th season of coaching, my family and I are very happy to have this opportunity at Arkansas State. Having the opportunity to be tutored under the leadership of John Brady and Dean Lee is a privilege and an honor," said Haralson. "I would like to thank the coaches, Athletic Director, alums and members of the board of regents for welcoming me to this great A-State family. I am looking forward to recruiting in the Memphis, Mississippi and Arkansas regions. I feel that there is a strong base of talent there that can help the Red Wolves achieve our goals."

Prior to his stint at Houston, Haralson served as an assistant coach at North Texas for five years where he helped to sign one of the nation's Top 21 recruiting classes and the best in the Southwest in 1998 with notable players like two-time All Conference selection Chris Davis (Dallas), the 2nd all-time leading scorer for the Mean Green and Deginald Erskin (Gonzales).

Before his stop at North Texas, Haralson was also an assistant coach on Tom Penders' staff at Texas from 1990-95. While there, the Longhorns won three Southwest Conference Championships and earned four berths to the NCAA Tournament.  While there, Haralson helped recruit some of Texas' all-time greats, such as Longhorn's all-time leading scorer Terrance Rencher of the Miami Heat, the Longhorns third all-time leading scorer Reggie Freeman of the Virgin Islands national team, McDonald's All-American Kris Clack of the Boston Celtics, BJ Tyler of the Philadelphia 76ers, Roderick Anderson and Mike Richardson.

Haralson began his coaching career as a student assistant coach at Auburn, his alma mater, in 1988 and helped lead the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament.

He began his collegiate career at Lon Morris Junior College in Texas, where he earned All-America honors in 1984-95 before transferring to Auburn. In 1985-86 he helped lead the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. He earned his bachelor's degree in education in 1989 and was invited to the Los Angeles Clippers training camp before beginning his coaching career.

Haralson was an All-America Honorable Mention at Murrah High School in Jackson, Miss. before beginning his college playing career.

Haralson and his wife, Tonia, have a son, Isaiah.