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UMHB basketball alum Carson Hammond hired as Howard College assistant coach

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BIG SPRING, Texas-UMHB men’s basketball alum Carson Hammond, who connected on multiple late-game shots for the Cru during this past spring’s NCAA Tournament, has joined the men’s basketball coaching staff at Howard College.

The school made the hiring official with an announcement on Friday. 

A junior college program in west Texas, Howard College men’s basketball has won seven Region V titles, as well as the 2010 NJCAA D1 national championship. The Hawks went 16-12, with an 8-8 conference record this past season. On March 30, the school hired Kyle Cooper as head coach, and he, along with Hammond, and assistant Taylor Lavery, will form the coaching staff this upcoming season. 

Hammond has previous experience in the junior college ranks, having played two years at Western Texas College before transferring to UMHB ahead of the 2020-2021 season. 

As a Crusader, Hammond helped UMHB win the ASC West Division during his junior year, before averaging 9.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in 2021-22, as the team went 28-3. During the Cru’s postseason run to the Elite Eight, Hammond averaged 13.5 points per game. 

A native of Belton, he comes from a coaching family; his father, Jeff, is a longtime coach at North Belton Middle School, and his brother, Braden, also a UMHB basketball alum, is an assistant basketball coach at Mayde Creek High School.

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