Bill Armstrong

Bill  Armstrong

Birmingham, Ala.

Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
UAB, 2001


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Bill Armstrong is in his sxith season as an assistant coach and his 11th season at Ole Miss after serving five seasons as the Rebels’ Coordinator of Basketball Operations.

Last season, Armstrong and the Rebels won 20 games for the eighth times in his 10 seasons in Oxford. Senior guard Stefan Moody earned first team All-SEC honors for the second-straight season and he helped coached junior big man Sebastian Saiz, who finished fourth in the SEC in rebounding. 

Armstrong helped the Rebels win 21 games in 2014-15 and advance in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years. He tutored junior guard Stefan Moody to first team All-SEC honors from the Associated Press and league coaches.

In 2014, 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 an SEC Tournament title, seven postseason berths and a pair of SEC West titles over the last 10 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 November 18, 1977, Armstrong and his wife, Kenna, are the parents of five 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 two sons, James Walton (Bo), born July 4, 2008; and Ford, born Dec. 21, 2014.




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