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Latham named new Motlow head basketball coach
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Motlow State Community College has announced Arthur Latham has been selected to fill the position of men’s basketball head coach, according to Scott Shasteen, director of athletics.
Latham has been an assistant coach at Motlow for the past two successful seasons, serving under former head coach J.T. Burton.
Latham was named the interim head coach after Burton resigned in early April. Last year, Latham also served as interim head coach in 2015 for Motlow’s women’s basketball program and guided the Lady Bucks to four straight wins to end the season.
“Arthur is a man of character who has a passion for the game of basketball and for helping young people achieve their dreams,” said Shasteen. “He has been a critical part of the most successful back-to-back seasons in school history, including this past season when the Bucks won 30 games and advanced to the final eight of the national tournament.
“With as many as 10 members of the greatest team in Motlow basketball history returning, leadership believes we have a chance to compete again for a national championship,” he continued. “Those players know and love Coach Latham, and they want to do their best for him on and off the court. Enthusiasm for the game and for Coach Latham’s role is palpable on campus.”
Latham is a native of Ratcliff, Ky., and earned his bachelor’s degree (2010) and his master’s degree (2012) from St. Catharine College, where he played for four seasons from 2006-2010. He left St. Catharine as the all-time school record holder for wins (71), points (1,600) and rebounds (756).
He joined Burton’s coaching staff at St. Catharine in 2011 and helped lead the Patriots to multiple NAIA national tournament appearances. He remained at St. Catharine until June 2015, when he left to join Burton at Motlow.