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Melvin Haralson
Associate Head Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Associate Head Coach
Hometown: Jackson, Miss.
Alma Mater: Auburn
Graduating Year: 1989
Experience: 5 Years

Melvin Haralson starts his fifth season at Arkansas State as the associate men’s basketball head coach in the 2015-16 campaign.

            In the 2013-14 season, Haralson helped A-State rank third in the Sun Belt Conference in field goal percentage defense as the Red Wolves held opponents to 43 percent shooting from the field. Haralson was responsible for the recruitment of 2013-14 all-conference selections Kirk Van Slyke and Melvin Johnson. Van Slyke and Johnson were each ranked in the top five players in the Sun Belt Conference in three-point field goal percentage.

            In his first two seasons at A-State, Haralson was charged with developing the A-State guards. Under his tutelage, the Red Wolves shot 37 percent from three-point range in his first season to rank second in the Sun Belt Conference and 59th nationally. Haralson aided the likes of Ed Townsel and Trey Finn rank third and fourth among the program’s elite in career steals and the duo finished third and fourth in career three-point makes as well. 

            Haralson aided in the recruitment of Anthony Livingston and the sophomore transfer had an impressive campaign to open his A-State tenure. Livingston was a second team all-conference pick after averaging a double-double for the season with 15.9 points and 10.0 rebounds. Livingston was one of only 18 players at the NCAA Division I level to average a double-double and he finished the year with 15 double-doubles, most by an A-State player since the 1975-76 season.

            The 2012-13 season saw the culmination of the career of Brandon Peterson, a pupil of Haralson. Peterson ended his career at A-State ranked No. 6 all-time with 886 rebounds. Peterson finished ranked third with 163 career blocks and was a major force in helping the Red Wolves winning a West Division Championship in the 2012-13 campaign.

            Haralson arrived to A-State after spending the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach at Texas Southern University, where he helped lead the Tigers to the 2010-11 Southwestern Athletic Conference’s (SWAC) regular-season championship and a 2011 National Invitational Tournament (NIT) berth.

            Before his stint at TSU, Haralson was a member of the University of Houston coaching staff from 2000-10, including six as an associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. While at Houston, three of Haralson’s last six recruiting classes were ranked nationally.

            During his final season (2009-10) at UH, Haralson helped lead the Cougars to a Conference USA Tournament title and a NCAA Tournament appearance.

            Haralson also experienced great success on the recruiting trail, consistently bringing in highly-ranked recruiting classes throughout his tenure at Houston.

             He played a major role in building the Cougars’ 2010 Conference Championship team with featured such players as two-time All-Conference-USA First Team selection Aubrey Coleman (Houston), the nation’s leading scorer in 2010, 2008 Louisiana Player of the Year Kendrick Washington, 2009 Louisiana Player of the Year Nick Haywood, National Junior College All-American Second Team selection Adam Brown, New York All-City First Team selection Zamal Nixon and Junior College All-Region-XIV First Team selection Maurice McNeil.  Haralson also played a key role in recruiting some other notable UH players like two-time All-Conference USA First-Team selection Robert McKiver (New Haven) of the NBDL, and first-team All-Conference USA honorees Oliver Lafayette (Houston) of the Boston Celtics and Andre Owens (Houston) of the Indiana Pacers. 

            “We are very fortunate to have hired Melvin Haralson to be our new associate head coach at Arkansas State University,” said Brady. “He brings an expertise from a coaching standpoint which we will benefit greatly from. He will bring a wealth of knowledge and connections on the recruiting front. I’m extremely excited about him being a part of our basketball program at Arkansas State.”

            During his last six seasons at Houston, Haralson helped the Cougars register more than 120 wins to go with four postseason appearances.  UH also won at least 18 games in five straight seasons, highlighted by a 24-10 overall record in 2007-08.

            Prior to Houston, Haralson was as an assistant coach at the University of North Texas from 1995-00.  He helped the Mean Green sign one of the nation’s Top 21 recruiting classes in 1998 and the best in the Southwest with notable players as two-time all-conference pick Chris Davis (Dallas), who would become UNT’s second all-time leading scorer, and Deginald Erskin (Gonzales).

            Before his stop at North Texas, Haralson was an assistant at the University of Texas from 1990-95 under then head coach Tom Penders.  During his time at UT, the Longhorns captured three Southwest Conference Championship titles and made four appearances in the NCAA Tournament.  Haralson helped recruit some Texas’ all-time greats such as the program’s all-time leading scorer in Terrance Rencher, who went to play for the NBA’s Miami Heat.  Haralson also helped land the Longhorns’ third all-time leading scorer Reggie Freeman of the Virgin Islands national team not to mention McDonald’s All-American Kris Clack of the Boston Celtics, BJ Tyler of the Philadelphia 76ers, Roderick Anderson, and Mike Richardson.

Haralson began his coaching career in 1988 as a student assistant at his alma mater Auburn University and was a member of the TIgers’ 1988-89 NCAA Tournament squad.

He began his collegiate career at Lon Morris Junior College in Texas, where he earned All-America Honorable Mention honors in the 1984-85 campaign before transferring to Auburn. In 1985-86, Haralson helped lead the Tigers to an appearance in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education in 1989 and was invited to the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers training camp before beginning his coaching career.

Haralson achieved All-America Honorable Mention recognition at Murrah High School in Jackson, Miss. before starting his college playing career.

Haralson and his wife, Tonia, have a son, Isaiah.


Coaching Record
Coaching Experience
Arkansas State, Associate Head Coach 2011-present
Texas Southern, Assistant Coach 2010-11
Houston, Associate Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator 2004-10
Houston, Assistant Coach 2000-04
North Texas, Assistant Coach 1995-00
Texas, Assistant Coach 1990-95



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