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UAPB hires Little Rock native Solomon Bozeman as men's basketball coach

by Eli Lederman | June 11, 2021 at 5:58 p.m.
Solomon Bozeman plays during the first half of the Sun Belt Tournament championship game in Hot Springs in this March 8, 2011, file photo. Bozeman played for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Trojans. (AP/Danny Johnston)

The University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff announced the hiring of Little Rock native Solomon Bozeman as the school's next men's basketball coach Friday afternoon.

He will introduced in a press conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday at UAPB's STEM Conference Center.

Bozeman, 33, comes to the Golden Lions after three season as an assistant at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa. His hiring fills the head coaching position that had been vacant since George Ivory announced his retirement on April 7 after 13 seasons in charge.

Bozeman was selected by a search committee that included Dr. Braque Talley, the vice chancellor of enrollment management and student success; athletic administrator Betty Hayes-Anthony; and former Golden Lions Jesse Mason Jr., Tanuya Worthy and Antonio Moore.

Bozeman comes to UAPB with seven years of experience on the sidelines, including assistant roles at Abilene Christian (2014-16), the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (2016-18) and Oral Roberts, which reached the Sweet 16 in 2021.

He starred at Magnolia High School and spent two seasons at South Florida before transferring to UALR. Bozeman spent two seasons with the Trojans, scoring 16.6 points per game in 2010-11 while leading UALR to a Sun Belt Conference title and a fourth-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. He awarded Sun Belt Player of the Year for his performance, and he earned honorable mention All-American honors from the Associated Press.

During his professional career, from 2011-14, Bozeman played for seven teams across the NBA's development league and overseas competition.

Bozeman takes over a Golden Lions program that has not had a winning season since 2012-13 and that has lost key players including Shaun Doss Jr. and Markedric Bell to the transfer portal this offseason.

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