Published or Revised July 17, 2015
Bilal Batley returns to Paris Junior College as head basketball coach, after serving as PJC’s assistant basketball coach in the Dragons’ 2013-2014 season that culminated in a trip to the national tournament. That year, as he worked with mentor and then head basketball coach Chuck Taylor, the team won both regular season and conference tournament championships, finishing with a record of 26-8 and ending the year in the Sweet 16. He comes to PJC after serving as assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.
UIW finished their season with a record of 18-11 and an appearance in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Senior Denzel Livingston earned all-conference and NABC first team honors and signed to play with the Houston Rockets NBA Summer League. This was UIW’s second year in the NCAA Division I Southland Conference. Two players also earned conference all-academic honors.
From 2010 to 2012, Batley was assistant coach at Navarro College, helping them win the 2012 Region XIV tournament championship, earning a trip to the national tournament. The 2010-2011 Navarro team had a 20-win season and earned an All Academic Team Award, having above a 3.0 GPA.
Former NBA player and coach John Lucas hired him in 2009 as head of player development with John Lucas Resources. There he specialized in skill development to improve skill sets for both potential NBA draftees and veteran NBA players.
In 2009 Batley was assistant director of basketball operations at the University of Kentucky, which made an Elite Eight appearance, and so was part of that year’s number one recruiting class in the nation. That Kentucky team sent five players to the NBA in the first round of the draft: DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, Patrick Patterson and Daniel Orton.
He held the same role in 2008 at the University of Memphis, helping the team to a Sweet 16 appearance and working with Tyreke Evans, who was the fourth overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft.
He was graduate assistant coach at Indiana University in 2007-2008 in a season led by future NBA players Eric Gordon, Jordan Crawford, and D.J. White. Batley was an Oklahoma University student basketball manager 2004-2006, with two NCAA tournament appearances and a Big XII Conference Championship. There he earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology, and went on to earn his master’s degree in Health and Sports Sciences from the University of Memphis in 2014. His associate of science degree is from Navarro College.
Batley has also been a part of six championships at four institutions, five 20-win seasons, nine NBA first round picks and four NBA lottery picks, as well as working with over 75 NBA players.