Assistant men’s basketball coach David Anwar will remain on Tony Benford’s staff at UNT.
The longtime college assistant interviewed with new Southern Miss coach Doc Sadler recently about the final opening on his staff. Anwar worked for Sadler at Nebraska, UTEP and Arkansas-Fort Smith.
“My loyalty to coach Benford is what led me to stay,” Anwar said Thursday morning after making the decision. “I want to help him be successful. I started with coach Benford and want to finish with him.”
Anwar is entering his third season at UNT and is one of the original members of Benford’s UNT staff. Benford and Anwar worked together at Nebraska under Sadler from 2006-08.
Anwar plays a key role in UNT’s recruiting efforts with junior college players and helped the Mean Green land Muhammed Ahmed, a forward from Gillette College in Wyoming who a third-team NJCAA All-American last season.
“We are excited to have coach stay with us,” Benford said. “It was a tough decision for him. It was a unique situation. Doc Sadler is his mentor and his best friend Jeremy Cox is on that staff.”
UNT finished 16-16 and beat Rice in a first-round game at the Conference USA tournament last season after finishing 12-20 in the first season Benford and Anwar were with the Mean Green.
Both Benford and Anwar see that improvement as an initial step in the rise of the program in Conference USA.
“We went from 12 wins to 16,” Anwar said. “Now we will go and get even better. The future is bright at North Texas. We have momentum and want to keep it going.”