Beau Braden is in his second season as an assistant coach at Tennessee after spending the previous two years as an assistant coach at Morehead State. He originally joined the Vols' staff as video coordinator in May of 2014 and was elevated to assistant coach in November of 2014.
This is Braden's second stint working alongside first-year UT head coach Donnie Tyndall, as Braden served in the dual role of director of basketball operations and graduate manager during Tyndall's sixth and final year as the Eagles' head coach in 2011-12.
"Beau started his Division I coaching career as my graduate assistant at Morehead State," Tyndall said. "While working together there, he proved himself as someone who eagerly accepted any and all responsibilities with absolutely no ego.
"He's a dedicated, hard-working, young coach. With his willingness to be a true team player, he is going to continue to rise in the coaching profession."
Braden works closely with Tennessee’s perimeter players and oversaw Josh Richardson’s transition from the wing to the point guard position for the 2014-15 season. Richardson thrived in his new role, earning first-team All-SEC honors after leading the SEC in steals and minutes played and ranking fifth in the league in scoring with 16.0 points per game.
Sophomore guard Robert Hubbs III’s production also soared under Braden’s tutelage. Hubbs’ in-season development saw him nearly double his scoring output from 4.6 points during the non-conference portion of the season to 8.4 points in SEC play.
Tennessee also ranked second in the SEC and in the top 40 nationally with 7.7 steals per game in 2014-15. And UT’s +1.8 turnover margin was third-best in the league.
During Braden's two seasons as a full-time assistant coach at Morehead State, the Eagles recorded 35 overall victories, 18 conference wins and posted a 20-win campaign in 2013-14.
Braden spent the first half of the 2011-12 season as MSU's director of basketball operations and the second half as a graduate manager. He coordinated several administrative duties and all video operations during a season in which the Eagles won 18 games and finished third in the Ohio Valley Conference.
In 2010-11, he worked as an assistant coach under Tennessee's current Director of Player Development J.T. Burton at St. Catharine College near Springfield, Ky. Focusing much of his efforts on recruiting, scouting, individual instruction and academics, Braden helped guide the Patriots to a 24-9 record, an NAIA national tournament berth and three triumphs over eventual national champion Pikeville.
Braden's first collegiate staff experience came as a graduate assistant and junior varsity coach at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky., during the 2009-10 campaign. The Tigers posted a 27-6 record that season, captured the Mid-South Conference Tournament championship and earned an NAIA national tournament berth.
A native of Louisville, Ky., Braden played basketball at Centre College in Danville, Ky., for four seasons and was a two-time team captain. The Colonels were 92-21 during his playing career, and they posted a 25-3 record and ascended as high as No. 2 in the national rankings during his junior season.
He was part of three Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championship teams and played in three NCAA Division III national tournaments.
Braden received his Bachelor's degree in Government and Economics from Centre in 2009, and he is currently working toward a Master's degree in Sports Management from Morehead State.