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MTSU men's basketball adds Hamilton to staff

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The Middle Tennessee men's basketball program and head coach Kermit Davis announced the hiring of Ronnie Hamilton as an assistant coach Tuesday afternoon.

Hamilton, a native of Oxford, N.C., comes to Murfreesboro well acquainted with Conference USA after stints at Houston and Tulane. He joins the Blue Raider coaching staff after a two-year stop at Houston.

"We're really excited about having Ronnie join our staff," said MT head coach Kermit Davis. "He's an extremely impressive young coach that has done very well recruiting and is an excellent coach on the floor with stops at The Citadel, Tulane and Houston. We think Ronnie will fit in very nicely with our staff and will bring great enthusiasm to our program."

Davis' Blue Raiders posted a 24-9 record this season for the program's third-straight 20-win season. With a 13-3 record in C-USA play during the 2013-14 campaign, Middle Tennessee earned a share of the Conference USA regular season championship, marking its third-straight regular season conference title and fourth in the last five years.

"I'm really excited to be able to get a chance to join Coach Davis' staff," Hamilton said. "Coach Davis has built Middle Tennessee into a championship level program and I'm really excited about the opportunity to help him continue the level of success he has built during his tenure here."

During the 2012-13 season, Hamilton helped the Cougars post a 20-13 record and a 7-9 mark in C-USA play before making the move to the American Athletic Conference this past season.

In his first season with Houston, Hamilton worked closely with guard Joseph Young, who was named to the All-Conference USA Third Team and was selected to the USBWA All-District VII squad. During the 2012-13 campaign, Hamilton also worked closely with Danuel House, who went on to garner C-USA Freshman of Year honors, marking a program first for Houston in C-USA.

Prior to his two years at Houston, Hamilton spent a pair of years on the Tulane coaching staff. With the Green Wave, he played a large role in recruiting 2012 All-Conference USA First Team honoree and C-USA Freshman of the Year Ricky Tarrant. Hamilton was also heavily involved in recruiting Josh Davis, who was a First Team All-C-USA player during the 2012-13 season.

The Oxford, N.C., native spent two years as an assistant at The Citadel, where he was instrumental in the development and recruitment of All-Southern Conference selection and mid-major All-Americans Demetrius Nelson, John Brown, Michael Groselle and Cameron Wells. While on the Bulldog coaching staff, Hamilton helped lead The Citadel to 36 wins, including a school-record tying 20 wins during the 2008-09 campaign.

Hamilton made his way to Charleston, S.C., after a three-year stint at Division II member Tarleton State from 2005-08. The Texans posted a 70-23 record, picking up wins against Baylor and TCU during his tenure in Stephenville, Texas. In 2005-06, Tarleton State made the program's second-straight Elite Eight appearance and posted a 27-7 overall record.

In 2005, Hamilton graduated with his master's in physical education with a concentration in sports administration from UNC Pembroke, where he served as a graduate assistant coach for the Braves from 2003-05. As a GA at Pembroke, he was responsible for planning practices, leading on-floor coaching, heading up the strength and condition program and handling film exchange, while also serving at the recruiting coordinator.

He received his bachelor's degree in political science and history from Duke in 2002. Hamilton was a four-year letterman for the Blue Devil football team as a defensive back.

Hamilton is married to the former Christabell Mariner and they have a 15 month-old daughter named Annalisa Nola Afakasi.

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