Elwyn McRoy is in his second season with the Red Wolves men’s basketball program as an assistant coach. In the offseason, McRoy was named one of the top-25 mid-major assistant coaches in the country by Collegeinsider.com.
A veteran coach at the collegiate level, McRoy has 12 years of experience as an assistant and head coach and has made an impact as both a coach and recruiter. He began his career as an assistant coach at Butler (Kan.) Community College in 1997 before landing at Independence (Kan.) Community College as an assistant from 1998-2000, Redlands (Okla.) Community College as an assistant from 2001-02, Frank Phillips (Texas) College as head coach from 2002-03, Southern University as an assistant from 2003-05 and Northwood (Fla.) University as an assistant from 2005-06.
McRoy spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator at Georgia Southern, where he helped lead the Eagles to a 20-12 record this past season and was involved with the recruitment of Mid-Florida Player of the Year Tyrone Crunell, Kansas Junior College Player of the Year and first team All-America selection Julian Allen and Second Team NJCAA All-America pick Antonio Hanson.
In six seasons at the junior college level, McRoy was influential in the recruitment of 2004-05 Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year Taj Gray (Oklahoma Sooners) and the 2005-06 Horizon Conference Player of the Year Brandon Polk (Butler). Widely known as an exceptional recruiter, McRoy was named a top junior college recruiter by the national publication Basketball Times.
In addition to Georgia Southern, McRoy also coached and was the recruiting coordinator at NCAA Division I-A Southern University. While at Southern, the Wichita, Kan. native helped guide the Jaguars to their best record in six years and their first .500 conference finish in eight seasons.
McRoy began his collegiate playing career at Butler Community College and then transferred to Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, where he helped the Blue Dragons capture the 1994 NJCAA National Championship. After his graduation from Hutchinson, McRoy moved on to Cleveland State to finish his collegiate playing career and earn his bachelor’s degree.
“Elwyn brings an aspect that will benefit us greatly at Arkansas State with the number of contacts and people he knows,” said Brady. “He possesses an outstanding knowledge of the game and will enable our involvement with players we may not ordinarily be able to recruit. I am excited about Elwyn joining our staff to help move Arkansas State to the top of the Sun Belt Conference.”