Men's Basketball announces support staff changes
Sept. 22, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas - Chris Babcock has been promoted to Special Assistant and former Longhorn Connor Atchley has been named Graduate Manager, The University of Texas Basketball program announced Thursday. Babcock replaces Kenton Paulino, who left the Texas coaching staff last spring to take an assistant coaching position at Lamar University.
Babcock served as a graduate manager the last three seasons with Texas Basketball prior to his promotion. Before his arrival at Texas, he was an assistant men’s basketball coach at Minneapolis Community College during the 2007-08 season. Babcock also completed an internship with the NBA’s Toronto Raptors in the summer of 2007.
Babcock played college basketball at Minnesota State-Mankato for two seasons (2003-05) before transferring to Hamline University for his final two seasons. He led Hamline to its first playoff appearance in over a decade and served as the team captain during his senior season. Babcock earned his bachelor’s degree in management in 2008. He is scheduled to complete work on his master’s of education this fall at UT. Chris is the son of Robert Babcock, the Director of Basketball Operations for the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves.
Atchley, a four-year letterwinner and two-year starter at Texas (2005-09), joins the UT staff after playing professionally in the United States and Turkey over the last three seasons. Atchley played for Darussafaka Istanbul in Turkey during the fall of 2009 before returning to the United States to play in the NBA Development League. In the D-League, he played for the Dakota Wizards (2009-10), the Iowa Energy (2010) and the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (2011). Atchley also was invited to the Sacramento Kings’ preseason training camp in 2010.
A four-time Academic All-Big 12 selection at Texas, Atchley ranks second on the UT career games played list (136). He finished his career ranked third in UT history and ninth in the Big 12 with 189 career blocked shots. Atchley earned his bachelor’s degree in communications in 2008 and is scheduled to complete his master’s in advertising next year.