After serving as the Nicholls men's basketball director of operations during the 2016-17 season, Matthew Taylor rejoined the Nicholls men's basketball coaching staff in June 2018 as an assistant coach under Austin Claunch.
Taylor returns to Nicholls after stints as head coach at St. Catharine College and head recruiting coordinator at NAIA powerhouse University of Pikeville. Taylor helped guide the Pikeville Bears to back-to-back Mid South Conference Championships, as well as the program’s best single season in team history (31-3). The two programs reached the postseason a total of three times with UPIKE making two appearances in the NAIA National Tournament, while St. Catharine made the tournament once. He also played a key role as an assistant coach / head recruiting coordinator at Union College (2009-10) and St. Catharine College (2010 and 2012).
In the recruiting circuit, Taylor has been responsible for signing 28 NCAA Division I transfers, including a national and co-national player of the year and three conference players of the year. Among the transfers, 25 went on to earn either all-conference and all-American recognition, highlighted by No. 1 prospect Jamar “Deuce” Briscoe.
Before coaching at the college ranks, Taylor served as head coach of Caverna High School (Ky.) for one season. While there, he coached the nation’s leading scorer - Mr. Basketball runner-up Mason Faulkner, and guided the Colonels to a district championship. In 2005, Taylor directed Rowan County High School to its 16th regional championship and a Sweet 16 appearance.
An all-region basketball player at Fleming Neon High, Taylor continued his career at NCAA Division II Virginia Wise where he played three seasons before transferring. He went on to graduate from Alice Lloyd College in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in history. Taylor earned a master's in education from Union College in 2011 and is currently pursuing a second master’s in business.
Taylor is the son of Ben and Ramona Taylor of Millstone Ky., and brother of Mark Miracle Ph.D. Taylor’s father was one of the original 16 Green Berets of the United States Military selected by president John F. Kennedy, serving for 23 years and was a pallbearer for President Kennedy.
Trevor Deloach was named an assistant coach in May 2018 for the Nicholls men’s basketball program under Austin Claunch.
Deloach spent the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons as an assistant men’s basketball coach and recruiting coordinator at South Carolina State University, where he worked with All-MEAC guards Eric Eaves and Ed Stephens daily. He performed skill development with guards and post players, handled scheduling and was the camp director of the largest camps in school history.
Deloach served as the assistant men’s basketball coach and recruiting coordinator at Maryland Eastern Shore University from 2014-16. There he recruited several all-conference players, including 2015 MEAC Rookie of the Year Ryan Andino. He also organized travel, managed the budget and planned and controlled study hall for the Hawks.
Deloach was a graduate assistant for his alma mater, UNCW, during the 2013-14 season. For the Seahawks, he prepared scouting reports and maintained the scouting database. Deloach also managed the budget for the team’s travel and trained student-athletes during the offseason.
Deloach was the team captain for his final three seasons at UNCW. He was an All-CAA honorable mention selection in 2011 and named most improved in 2010. During his lone season at Chipola College, he helped the Indians to a 35-2 record, including the program’s first-ever unbeaten record in the Panhandle.
Deloach earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from UNCW in 2011 and finished his master’s in higher education three years later.
Nick Bowman was hired as an assistant coach for the Nicholls State University men’s basketball program in July 2018.
Bowman joins the Colonels coaching staff following a three-year stint as Clemson’s director of recruiting. The Tigers earned a No. 5 seed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, upsetting No. 4 Auburn for an appearance in the Sweet 16. Clemson concluded the 2017-18 campaign with 25 wins, and Bowman served as the lead offensive game planner during its successful run.
The Tigers earned a No. 2 seed in the 2017 NIT Tournament and won 10 conference games for the fifth time in program history during the 2015-16 season. Those 10 wins included No. 8 Miami, No. 9 Duke, No. 16 Louisville and No. 23 Pittsburgh.
Bowman coached All-ACC First Team players Jaron Blossomgame, Gabe DeVoe and Marcquise Reed. He also heavily recruited Clemson’s 2016-17 signing class, which featured multiple four-star student-athletes. Additionally, Bowman coordinated the master recruiting plan, maintained a player database and worked with the compliance office in all recruiting matters.
Bowman also spent one season as the director of operations at Eastern Kentucky University (2014-15), an operations assistant at the University of Tennessee (2013-14), a graduate assistant for EKU (2012-13) and an assistant coach for the University of Pikeville (2011-12).
Bowman earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education (2010) and master’s degree in sports administration (2013) from EKU.
Bowman is married to Kayla Bowman.
Brad Yoder enters his first season as the Director of Operations for the Nicholls men's basketball squad.
Yoder spent 2016-18 as part of the Bethany College coaching staff. In his role, he assisted with all facets of the men's basketball program, including player development, practice planning and advance scouting. Yoder also served as the recruiting coordinator for the program. During his time at Bethany, Yoder oversaw the development of guards, including five players who would go onto receive All-KCAC honors. Those honorees included Tyler Larkin, who was a two time member of the KCAC All-Defensive Team. The team also set the school record for made threes in a season (242) during the 2017-18 season.
The Apple Creek, OH native landed at Bethany from the University of Pikeville (Kentucky), where he spent four seasons on Kelly Well's coaching staff. In his four years at UPIKE, the Bears went a combined 110-21 overall and 56-14 in conference play, with four consecutive NAIA Division I National Tournament appearances. During this stretch the Bears had a nation-leading 48-game home winning streak from 2013-2015. UPIKE was ranked No. 1 in the Sporting News Magazine Pre-Season rankings during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.
The Bears won back-to-back Mid-South Conference Championships in 2013-14 and 2014-15, highlighted by a trip to the NAIA Elite Eight in 2014-15. UPIKE set a program record with 31 wins in 2014-15, including a Mid-South record of 17-1. UPIKE ranked Top 5 nationally in scoring offense per game in each of Yoder's four seasons, including a nation's best 94.2 ppg during the 2015 season.
During his time at UPIKE, Yoder assisted with the development of 13 players who earned All Mid-South Conference awards, including three Mid-South Conference Player of the Year recipients in Deuce Briscoe, Bruce Reed, and KJ Manigault. Yoder also coached twelve players who received NAIA Division I All-American status, highlighted by 2015 NAIA National Player of the Year KJ Manigault. Yoder has coached 11 players who have gone on to play professionally.
Yoder is a 2014 graduate of the University of Pikeville with a bachelor's degree in history and political science. He received his MBA from University of Pikeville in 2016.