Tony Madlock has played a key role in the resurgence of UTEP basketball over the last three seasons. His coaching and recruiting expertise have paid dividends as the Miners have increased their victory total in each of the last three years.
UTEP landed a berth in the Conference USA Tournament semifinals and the inaugural CBI during the 2007-08 season. The Miners followed that up by posting 23 wins and advancing to the CBI Championship Series a year ago.
Leading the resurgence of UTEP basketball has been three of the top guards in school history - Stefon Jackson, Conference USA's all-time leading scorer; Randy Culpepper, who already holds the school standard for three-point field goals (170) with two seasons to play; and Julyan Stone, who shattered the Miner single-season standard for assists with 236 in 2008-09.
UTEP added some frontcourt firepower to the mix in 2008-09 with Arnett Moultrie, who became only the third player in school history to pull down 300 rebounds in a season.
Madlock came to El Paso following a nine-year stint at Arkansas State. He helped the Indians capture the Sun Belt Conference Tournament title in 1999, earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Arkansas State also won the Sun Belt regular season championship in 1998. Madlock was elevated from assistant coach to assistant head coach at ASU during the 2000-01 season.
He recruited six junior college All-Americans while at ASU. He also recruited the only junior college player in school history to score 1,000 points in two seasons. In addition, Madlock coached four All-Conference players and the Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year during his time with the Indians.
Madlock began his coaching career as an assistant and teacher at Melrose High School in Memphis. Melrose High posted a 67-29 mark over three seasons with Madlock on staff, and garnered a runner-up showing at the 1997 state tournament with a 32-7 mark. Madlock also played his prep ball at Melrose, receiving All-State and honorable mention All-America honors as a point guard.
He earned his bachelor's degree in marketing from Memphis in 1991, and played for the Tigers from 1988-92. Madlock was a member of four postseason tournament teams at Memphis (two NCAA, two NIT), leading the Tigers to the Elite Eight of "The Big Dance" in 1992. A three-year starter at Memphis, Madlock still ranks among the school's all-time leaders for games played (128). After scoring in double figures his junior and senior seasons, Madlock played one year of professional basketball in South America.
He and his wife, Stacie, have two children -- daughter Kyndal (9) and son T.J. (6).