ROBERT SZORC | ASSISTANT COACH
Robert Szorc enters his third season with the Delta State University Men’s Basketball program as an assistant coach after serving one year as a graduate assistant. He came to the Statesmen after serving as a high school math teacher and basketball coach for the past seven years, five of those as a head coach. For the past three years, Szorc served as the head basketball coach at Wheaton Warrenville South in Wheaton, IL.
Szorc will be involved in all aspects of the Statesmen program and more specifically with strength and conditioning, on the court coaching and perimeter development, basketball operations, and the scouting of opponents.
"I am excited for this opportunity to join the Delta State University family and to work with Coach Boone," Szorc said. "I am honored to assist in the continued success of Statesmen Basketball and its outstanding tradition."
While at Wheaton Warrenville South, Szorc directed all aspects of the basketball program, including fundraising, fall and spring skill development for youth, summer camps, and the development of the program’s feeder schools.
"We are very pleased to have Bob join our Delta State basketball family," said Boone. "He brings a tremendous amount of energy and enthusiasm to our program. His work ethic and skill set are a perfect fit for us."
Prior to Wheaton Warrenville South, Robert was the head coach at Alleman Catholic High School in Rock Island, Ill. At Alleman Catholic, Szorc directed the program to back to back regionals and advanced to the sweet 16 in only his second year as a head coach. He inherited a program that was coming off a five-win season and led the Pioneers to a 10 game improvement and 15 wins in year two.
Both at Wheaton Warrenville South and Alleman Catholic, he also assisted the baseball programs. He began his teaching career at Marmion Academy in Aurora, IL assisting Rashon Burno who is now an assistant at the University of Florida.
The consummate teacher and coach, Szorc has worked the summer tour at some of the nation’s most noteworthy basketball camps. Including one of the nations’s best teaching camps, the Snow Valley Basketball School in Waverly Iowa, Future Stars in Lake Forest IL, and the prestigious Five Star Basketball Camps.
Robert is a graduate of St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., and Benet Academy in Lisle, Ill.
JIMMY BOONE | VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT COACH
Jimmy Boone enters his fifth season as an assistant coach for the Statesmen of Delta State University. Boone, who is the eldest son of head coach Jim Boone, will assist with basketball operations, on-court coaching and video exchange.
In his second season on the sidelines in Cleveland, Boone helped lead the Statesmen to one of the best seasons in program history in 2013-2014, as Delta State went 26-7 overall, captured the Gulf South Conference regular season title and made a run to the NCAA Sweet 16.
Senior power forward Willie Readus was named GSC Player of the Year, while point guard Devin Schmidt was selected the GSC Freshman of the Year. The duo both earned All-GSC first team accolades. Readus was a consensus first team All-South Region selection by Daktronics and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, while Schmidt was named second team.
Several individual marks also fell during the season, as senior guard Cornel Knight cracked the school’s career top 10 list for assists with 249 and sophomore shooting guard Jack Madgen climbed in the career charts for made 3-pointers with 95.
In all, the Statesmen completed a two-year turnaround of a program that had won just six games the year before Boone took over in 2012-13. After the success of 2013-14, expectations will continue to grow for the Statesmen in year three.
Boone spent the 2010-2011 season as an assistan on the coaching staff for the Tusculum College men’s basketball program, serving as a student assistant, and the 2011-2012 season as a graduate assistant at West Virginia Wesleyan University.
Boone completed a solid four-year playing career at Tusculum, where he played in 114 games and logged over 3,100 minutes. He finished his TC career with 831 points, including 162 three-pointers, the sixth most in school history. In his junior campaign, he helped the Pioneers to a 20-11 record as TC advanced to the SAC Tournament championship game and later earned an at-large berth for the NCAA Division II Tournament. During that junior season, he earned SAC Player of the Week honors.
Boone’s prep career consisted of three seasons at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Mich. and his senior campaign locally at Greeneville High School. While at GHS, the Greene Devils won the District, Region and Sub-State titles and finished with a 28-8 record. He averaged 15 points and five assists per game as GHS advanced to the State quarterfinal. At Pioneer HS, he averaged 14 points per game, while earning All-conference and All-Area First Team honors. The two-time All-Conference and All-County selection was named team MVP and led PHS to a conference title and advanced to the sectional final in 2005.
He is the son of Jim and Stephanie Boone and has one brother, Joey. He majored in english education.
AUSTIN ANDERSON | GRADUATE ASSISTANT
Austin Anderson enters his second year as a graduate assistant for coach Jim Boone and the Statesmen basketball team. Anderson spent the 2015-16 season as an assistant coach for the University of Maine at Presque Isle, where he was responsible for academics oversight, opponent scouting, recruiting in New York and New Jersey and other duties.
He also helped the Owls to their first USCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.
In 2015, Anderson graduated from the University of Alabama-Birmingham, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology. He served three seasons as a student manager, where he assisted with team travel, film exchange and pre/post game meals. Anderson also spent 2015 as a strength and conditioning intern.