Stephen Gentry is in his first season as an assistant coach at SFA, after having most recently spent last season as the director of basketball operations at Texas A&M.
"Stephen comes from a high-level program at Gonzaga and also has spent time with two great coaches at A&M in Billy Kennedy and Mark Turgeon," Underwood said. "He brings Texas ties and a brilliant basketball mind and is an up-and-coming coach who will hit the road running."
Gentry spent the last six seasons at Texas A&M, including the last two as Director of Basketball Operations under head coach Billy Kennedy. Previously he worked for four years as the video coordinator under former Aggie, and now Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon.
Gentry was a part of one of the most successful eras in Aggie basketball and in his six seasons, he has helped the program win 129 games, advance to four NCAA Tournaments and develop three future NBA draft picks. In his most recent role, Gentry was primarily responsible for scheduling, A&M's recruiting database and correspondence, overseeing the scouting and statistical programs, camps and other administrative duties.
Gentry spent his first four seasons in College Station as coach Mark Turgeon's video coordinator, helping A&M to four consecutive NCAA Tournament berths. Known for his preparation and scouting abilities, Gentry played a vital role in preparing the A&M defense, which was consistently ranked at the top of the Big 12 Conference in each of the last five seasons.
Gentry came to A&M after one year as a video intern for the NBA's Miami Heat and Hall of Fame Coach Pat Riley. The Heat won the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference in Gentry's season with the franchise.
Prior to his stint with the Heat, Gentry played four seasons of college basketball at Gonzaga for head coach Mark Few, lettering three times as a guard. He was teammates with Adam Morrison, the 2006 college player of the year and No. 3 pick in that year's NBA Draft.
During Gentry's four years as a player, the Zags put together a 107-20 record, winning four straight West Coast Conference titles. Gonzaga advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2006 and made the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament three other times in his career.
Gentry earned the distinction of Dean's and President's Lists as a student and was married to the former Leah Wahlgren in the summer of 2012.