October 16, 2012

Whitten Adds Keys And Martin To Women's Basketball Coaching Staff

EMMITSBURG, Md. – Mount St. Mary's University women's basketball head coach Bryan Whitten has announced the additions of Josh Keys and Brian Martin to his coaching staff. Keys will serve as an assistant coach and Martin will be the Director of Basketball Operations.

"I am very excited to welcome Josh and Brian to the Mount family," said Whitten. "I have known each of them for four to five years and feel they bring a lot of experience to our program." 

Keys comes to the Mount after serving as an assistant coach at Stetson University last season. Keys helped the Hatters to a school-record 23 wins in 2011-12 and the squad advanced to its first WNIT appearance and third postseason berth in program history. Stetson, who was ranked as high as No. 18 in the Mid-Major Poll, featured the conference Player of the Year, two all-conference performers and one all-freshman team honoree.

"Josh adds a recruiting dimension, a more southern region, that we hope to utilize since we are the southern-most school in the NEC," said Whitten. "He is organized and aggressive. Josh and I have talked over the years, and we share a similar philosophy on the 'athlete experience' and I look forward to his insights and contributions."

Prior to his one season in DeLand, Fla., Keys served as an assistant coach at the College of Charleston. The Cougars were 68-56 overall in his tenure with the team and 43-35 in the Southern Conference. The squad boasted its first two back-to-back 20-win seasons in 2008-09 and 2009-10, including a program-record 23 wins in 2008-09. In 2009-10, the Cougars advanced to its first-ever Division I postseason. While at the College of Charleston, Keys helped develop two all-conference, three all-tournament and one all-freshman performer.

"For years now, I have observed from a distance the right way in which Coach Whitten and his staff operate the women's basketball program in a service-minded, people-centric way," said Keys. "Now, I consider myself blessed to be given the opportunity to be a part of the true family that is Mount women's basketball."

A 2007 graduate of Liberty University, Keys got his start in coaching as the women's basketball head coach at New Covenant School in Lynchburg, Va. In his two season, Keys posted a 25-19 record, including an 18-5 mark in 2006-07 that was an 11-game improvement from his first season. In addition, his team in his second season reached the VACA Final four.

Keys also earned his MBA from Liberty in 2010 and graduated magna cum laude. In four of the seven seasons Keys has coached, the squad has posted a winning record.

Martin comes to the Mount from Hood College in Frederick, Md.  He played a key role in bringing in one of the largest recruiting classes for the upcoming 2012 season.  Martin was also instrumental in individual player development, scouting and game preparation.

"Brian has a lot of local coaching experience, is from Frederick, and knows the local community very well," said Whitten. "In his role as Director of Operations, he will be responsible for a lot of the daily organization of what we do and that will allow our assistant coaches more one-on-one time with our players.  As we are always looking to increase our presence in the local community, Brian's relationships will help us continue to build in that area."

Martin began his coaching career in 1997 as an assistant girl's basketball coach at Brunswick High. In 2006, he assumed coaching duties with the Blue Ridge Force AAU girl's basketball program. The squad captured the 2010 Division II state championship.  In 2009, he became head coach for Maryland Heat AAU girls program.

"I am excited to have the opportunity to join Coach Whitten's staff," said Martin "The outlook for the women's basketball program is bright and I look forward to becoming a part of the Mount family."

In 2007, Martin served as an assistant girl's basketball coach at Notre Dame Academy in Middleburg, Va. The Dragons finished the 2007-08 season 28-2 ranked No. 4 in the nation by ESPN Hoopgurlz.

Martin then helped launch the girl's basketball program at Oakdale High School as an assistant. In the program's first season in 2010, the Bears finished with an overall record of 18-5. 

Martin is a former two-sport athlete at Brunswick High School who lettered in soccer and basketball. He went on to attend West Virginia and is a member of the school's All-American Society and the 1100 Club.