July 10, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss head men's basketball coach Donnie Tyndall has announced the hiring of Chris Shumate as an assistant coach and Todd Moyer as Director of Strength and Conditioning for Men's and Women's Basketball.
Shumate comes to Southern Miss after having spent the last six years on the staff at Cincinnati. He served two seasons as the director of basketball operations before becoming the director of student-athlete development in 2009, where he coordinated many of the program's daily operations including academics and gameday preparation.
Prior to joining the Bearcats' staff, Shumate played two years of professional basketball in New Mexico and Arkansas in the NBA Developmental League.
A former player for Mick Cronin at Murray State, Shumate climbed to 24th position on the Racers all-time scoring list with 1,207 points. As a senior and team captain in 2004, Shumate helped lead Murray State to a 28-6 mark overall and an Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship, while earning second team all-league honors. He graduated from Murray State with a bachelor's degree in business in 2004.
Shumate joins Adam Howard and Jareem Dowling as assistant coaches.
"I've known Chris for a long time," said Tyndall. "He is a Kentucky guy who was a very tough, competitive guy as a player at Murray State. The thing that attracted me the most to Chris is the fact that he worked for Coach (Mick) Cronin for six years at Cincinnati. I have a great deal of respect for Coach Cronin and how hard he and his staff work. I feel Chris being part of those staffs will make for a quick and smooth transition at Southern Miss. We are glad to have Chris, his wife Meredith and their children Addison, Chloe and Gates join the Southern Miss family."
Todd Moyer joins Southern Miss after spending the last eight years at Jacksonville, the last five as its head strength and conditioning coach.
Moyer had previously served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Dolphins after a short stint with Velocity Sports Performance in Jacksonville. Moyer served as an intern with the Dolphin strength and conditioning department in 2005-06 before taking the assistant strength and conditioning coach position at Wayne State in Detroit.
After completing a year at Wayne State, Moyer moved back to Jacksonville and joined Velocity Sports Performance while also volunteering his time at JU. He has also served as a volunteer strength and conditioning coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars in each of the past two summers.
Prior to JU, Moyer was a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at his alma mater Bowling Green, from 2004-05. Before his graduate assistant position he was a strength and condition intern for USF football (2003) and the Detroit Tigers - Oneonta Tigers (2003).
Moyer earned his bachelor's degree as an exercise specialist at Bowling Green in 2002 before later receiving his master's in developmental kinesiology in 2005, while serving as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant from 2004-05.
Added Tyndall, "We're very excited and pleased with the addition of Todd Moyer. He leaves a head strength and conditioning position where he had a lot of success to be become the Director of Strength and Conditioning for Men's and Women's Basketball. Todd has been very impressive in his first few weeks on the job. He has a passion for working with young people and I feel like he will continue to develop and grow our student-athletes."