Charlie Henry, who has coaching experience on the NBA, G League and power-five levels, begins his first season as an assistant coach at the University of Alabama under head coach Nate Oats.
"I've known Charlie for 10-plus years and gave him his first coaching job as my assistant coach at Romulus High School," Oats said. "I've seen him climb the ladder. He works hard and has one of the sharpest minds around. I called him frequently while I was the coach at Buffalo to bounce ideas off him. He was an assistant coach in the NBA and head coach in the G League, so he has the knowledge of NBA concepts, but it's also a big plus that was he in Division I at Iowa State for a few years so he has both sides."
Henry comes to The Capstone after spending two seasons (2017-19) as the head coach of the Windy City Bulls, the NBA G League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls. This past year, the 33-year-old led his team to a 27-23 (.540) overall record, earning a spot in the playoffs for the first time and its first winning record in the franchise's three-season history. While with Windy City, he coached second team All-NBA G League honoree Walter Lemon Jr., who would be called up to the Chicago Bulls on March 29. Additionally, Jakarr Sampson earned the team's second call up on March 31.
His first campaign with Windy City was highlighted by Bulls two-way player Antonio Blakeney earning G League Rookie of the Year honors. Following the season, both Blakeney and Ryan Arcidiacono were converted to standard NBA contracts.
This will mark the second time that Henry has worked with the Crimson Tide head coach, as he served as Oats' assistant coach at Romulus High School in Detroit, Mich., during the 2009-10 season. Romulus finished the year at 21-2 and was ranked as high as No. 22 in the nation by USA Today.
"I could not be more thrilled to be joining Coach Oats at the University of Alabama," Henry said. "I have seen first-hand his commitment to building a program, the passion he has for developing young men, the effort his teams play with and the admiration his players have for him. My wife Teisha and I are ecstatic to be a part of the University of Alabama and the Tuscaloosa community."
Before earning his first career stint as a head coach, Henry spent two seasons (2015-17) as an assistant for the Chicago Bulls under Fred Hoiberg. During his two years in the NBA, Henry's responsibilities included player development, opponent game preparation and implementation of offensive schemes, among other duties.
Prior to his stint with Chicago, Henry was a member of Hoiberg's coaching staff at Iowa State for three seasons, where his tenure was highlighted by three consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament (2013-15), Sweet 16 appearance (2014) and two Big 12 Conference Tournament Championships (2014, 2015). During his final two seasons, the Cyclones posted a record of 53-17 (.757) and led the country in wins against top-25 teams. They were also one of two teams in the country to place in the top-15 in offensive efficiency every season from 2013-15.
The highlight of his tenure in Ames, Iowa came in 2014-15 when Iowa State went 25-9 and finished second in the Big 12 with a 12-6 record. The Cyclones won their second consecutive Big 12 Tournament that season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. ISU, which was ranked in a school-record 37 consecutive polls, came in at No. 9 in the final Associated Press top-25. Henry also spent time on the staff as the director of player development (2013-14) and graduate assistant (2012-13).
A native of Canton, Mich., Henry spent the 2011-12 season with the Indiana Pacers as a video intern. The Pacers advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals that season. In 2010-11, Henry was a graduate manager at Utah, assisting the video coordinator for the Runnin' Utes.
Henry was a four-year member of the men's basketball team at Madonna University (Mich.) and graduated in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and public relations. He received his master's degree in educational leadership and policy study from Iowa State in 2014.
Henry is married to the former Teisha Knutson and the couple resides in Tuscaloosa.
Bryan Hodgson is in his first season as an assistant coach at the University of Alabama and was one of the first hires made by first-year head coach Nate Oats.
“Bryan is one of the best recruiters I’ve been around,” Oats said. “I initially hired him at Buffalo and he quickly proved that was one of the best decisions I made. He was able to get high-level talent and he’s got an eye for talent. He knows exactly how we want to play so there’s a chemistry there in terms of knowing who we want to bring in and what type of player we need.”
Hodgson came to The Capstone after having spent four seasons with Oats at the University of Buffalo where together they helped take the men’s basketball program to unprecedented heights. While there, Hodgson helped guide the Bulls to three NCAA Tournament appearances and three Mid-American Conference tournament championships, while also earning a pair of MAC regular season titles. In addition, Buffalo reached the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament in each of the past two seasons.
The Bulls were ranked for 20 weeks in the Associated Press Top-25 throughout the 2019 season, which marked the first time in school history the program had earned a national ranking. Buffalo went on to climb as high as No. 14 in the nation which was the highest ranking by any MAC team in past 40 years. Additionally, the 32 victories not only set a program record, but was the most wins ever by any Mid-American men's basketball program.
This past year, Buffalo finished with an impressive 32-4 overall record and a 16-2 mark in conference play. Both the 32 victories on the season and 16 conference wins were school record marks, beating the former records of 27 wins (27-9) and 15 MAC victories (15-3) which were set the previous year (2017-18). In fact, over the past two seasons alone, the Bulls had a combined record of 59-13 overall and 31-5 in league play, setting the best two-year stretch in the 103-year history of the Buffalo program.
Considered one of the top recruiters in the country, Hodgson led the UB recruiting efforts and was responsible for the addition of a large make-up of the Buffalo roster which had so much success under Oats’ leadership. Most recently, Hodgson oversaw the 2018 recruiting class which was ranked 68th nationally by Rivals.com, the highest ranking in school history.
“I am beyond excited to continue to work with Coach Oats,” Hodgson said. “He is hands down one of the brightest in the business, he will not be outworked and he’s a winner. He has won everywhere he has been. I fully trust my future in his hands. Alabama fans are going to be ecstatic about our style of play and his enthusiasm and energy. Alabama hired the right man for the job! Roll Tide!”
In addition to his recruiting prowess, Hodgson is also known for his ability to develop talent. During his four seasons at Buffalo, nearly every player on the roster made tremendous strides on the court. None more so than 2019 MAC Player of the Year CJ Massinburg, who finished his career as a three-time All-MAC honoree and second in school history with 1,990 career points and 273 career treys. He went on to be named an honorable mention All-America by the Associated Press as a senior.
Hodgson was one of 30 assistant coaches nationally named to the 2016 Under Armour 30-under-30 Team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). The Under Armour 30-under-30 Team is comprised of the brightest assistant coaches nationally under the age of 30.
Prior to his time at Buffalo, Hodgson served as the assistant coach at Midland (Texas) College, where he helped lead the team to a six-win turnaround during the 2014-15 season. He helped manage all aspects of the recruitment for Midland and conducted individual skill development workouts and in-season team practice sessions.
A Western New York native, Hodgson served as an assistant coach from 2010 through 2013 at Jamestown Community College, where he also helped turn around a program upon his arrival. He coached 14 players who received scholarships to four-year schools after their graduation from JCC, coaching nine all-region players during his time.
Hodgson played two seasons at Jamestown Community College, serving as a two-year captain, before heading to the Fredonia State, where he finished his education and served as an assistant coach.
He is the founder of the I-90 Elite AAU Basketball Team, assisting a number of players earning college scholarships. Hodgson also has served as a counselor at a number of prestigious camps, including Duke, Maryland, West Virginia, Syracuse, Michigan State, amongst others.
Hodgson, 32, earned his undergraduate degree in sports management from Fredonia State in 2011 and his master’s in education from the University of the Southwest in 2015.
Former Crimson Tide standout Antoine Pettway will begin his ninth season as an assistant coach at his alma mater in 2018, and his 12th year on the Alabama men's basketball staff. During his 14 seasons as a collegiate coach, Pettway has developed a reputation as one of the top recruiters not only in the Southeast, but in the nation as well.
"In getting to know Antoine over the past couple of weeks, he's one of the best individuals I've ever met," Oats said. "He's got no ego, he's not entitled and he's got great relationships with our guys. I interviewed all the players when I first got here and the feedback I got on him was that he really cares about each of them. He recruited a lot of them and the fact that he helped sign the three guys coming in was big. I talked to a lot of people about him and it was all great. I thought it'd be good to have some continuity on staff and I am excited to work with Antoine."
Known as one of the top recruiters in the country, Pettway's work has taken notice on a national level. In its most recent national recruiter rankings, 247sports.com listed Pettway as the No. 1 recruiter in the nation for the 2019 class. Prior to that, he was ranked No. 3 nationally in 2017 and No. 9 in 2018, making it three consecutive years he has ranked among the top-10 recruiters in the nation.
Pettway played a key role in Alabama signing the program's top recruiting class in school history this past year. The 2017 class boasted two players among the top-25 recruits in the country, both five-star recruits as listed by Rivals.com, as well as two four-star players and a three-star, while four of the five signees were ranked among the top-100 players in the nation, according to the site. Combined, the Crimson Tide signing class was ranked as high as No. 6 in the nation.
Among the signees was Collin Sexton, who Rivals.com ranked as the nation's No. 7 overall recruit and No. 2 guard in the class of 2017, along with Alabama Mr. Basketball John Petty, who the site ranked as the No. 25 overall player and the No. 11 guard in the nation.
Pettway not only played a big role in the Tide's most recent signing class, but he also played a key part in luring the top recruits in the state of Alabama to the Capstone. Due in large part to his efforts on the recruiting trail, Alabama has signed the No. 1-ranked player in the state in four out of the last six years (Jimmie Taylor in 2013, Justin Coleman in 2014, Dazon Ingram in 2015 and Petty in 2017).
Prior to his role as an assistant coach with the Crimson Tide, Pettway spent three seasons as Alabama's director of operations (2010-13) after serving as an assistant coach at his alma mater for the previous two years (2008-10). The Alberta, Ala., native re-joined the Crimson Tide in the summer of 2008, after a two-year stint on the staff at Jacksonville State.
A former Crimson Tide star player, Pettway's duties include recruiting, on-court coaching working primarily with the guards, scouting and statistical breakdown, along with other duties assigned by the head coach. He also works with the coaching staff to develop players off the court while assisting in the day-to-day management of the program.
Pettway is a fan-favorite in Tuscaloosa. He was an integral part of Alabama's NCAA quarterfinal run in 2004, starting every game at point guard. That marked the third consecutive season in which he led the Tide to the NCAA Tournament.
While attending graduate school in 2005-06, Pettway began his coaching career by serving as an office assistant in the Alabama basketball office before accepting the full-time position as an assistant coach at Jacksonville State.
Following his graduation from the Capstone with a degree in biology, Pettway played professionally for the Huntsville Flight of the NBA Developmental League and the Kentucky Reach of the World Basketball Association. While with the Reach, he was named the league's rookie of the year in 2004.
Pettway is married to the former Kim Minor, also a University of Alabama graduate. The couple has one son, Kingston and a daughter, Jana Rae.