Head coach Andy Kennedy promoted Bill Armstrong to assistant coach in April 2011 after Armstrong served the previous five seasons as Ole Miss' Coordinator of Basketball Operations.
Last season, Armstrong helped tutor guards Marshall Henderson and Jarvis Summers to All-SEC second teams honors, as Henderson ranked third in the nation with 4.3 3-pointers made per game and Summers was the only player in the SEC to rank in the top-10 in the league in scoring and top-five in both assists and field goal percentage.
Armstrong and the Rebels broke through in 2012-13, as Ole Miss tied a school record with 27 wins, claimed the school's second SEC Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002. Armstrong also helped Henderson to the SEC Player of the Year honors and Summers rank second in the SEC in assist-to-turnover ratio.
In his first season as an assistant, Armstrong helped lead the Rebels to 20 wins and an NIT bid. Working with the Rebel backcourt, he helped develop Summers into one of the SEC's top freshmen in 2011-12, as Summers ranked sixth among league rookies in scoring (10.4 ppg) and third in assists (3.4 apg).
Armstrong's contributions have helped Ole Miss to six postseason berths and a pair of SEC West titles over the last seven seasons.
Before his arrival in Oxford, Armstrong spent three years as an assistant coach at Birmingham-Southern. In his first season with the Panthers in 2003-04 - BSC's first season of full NCAA eligibility - Armstrong helped the team to a 20-7 record and a 12-4 mark in conference play, earning a share of the Big South regular-season championship. Birmingham-Southern posted a 19-9 finish in his final year.
While at BSC, Armstrong assisted with all aspects of the program, including recruiting, scouting, on-floor coaching and handling the Panthers' travel arrangements.
A Birmingham native, Armstrong joined the BSC staff after serving as an assistant at Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Fla., where he helped lead the Indians to a 23-9 record and a second-place finish in the Panhandle Conference in 2002-03.
While with CJC, Armstrong's primary responsibilities included recruiting, scouting, player development, academic counseling and camp coordinating.
Prior to his stint at Chipola, Armstrong was a graduate assistant for UAB during the 2001-02 campaign under Murry Bartow. Armstrong graduated from UAB in 2001 with a degree in justice sciences. He was also the recipient of the Barbara Hallerman Scholarship for Leadership.
A four-year letterman at UAB from 1998-2001, Armstrong played under Kennedy, who was then an assistant coach with the Blazers. He served as team captain as a senior and helped the Blazers reach the NCAA Tournament in 1999 and the NIT in 1998.
Born Nov. 18, 1977, Armstrong and his wife, Kenna, are the parents of four children. They have three daughters - Ella Michele, born July 18, 2003, Sara McKay, born June 23, 2005, and Amelia Grace, born April 27, 2011 - and a son, James Walton (Bo), born July 4, 2008.
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