OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA/Ole Miss Athletics) – Ole Miss head men’s basketball coach Kermit Davis announced the additions of Win Case and Ronnie Hamilton to his staff.
Working with Davis at Middle Tennessee, the two will serve as assistant coaches for the Rebels.
Case has spent the last 10 seasons on Davis’ staff at Middle Tennessee, helping the Blue Raiders capture seven conference titles and make three NCAA Tournament appearances. Middle Tennessee won 232 games during Case’s decade in Murfreesboro, including six seasons with at least 24 victories.
“Win Case has won two national championships as a head coach at Oklahoma City University and has been so instrumental in our championship runs over the last 10 years,” said Davis. “He is one of the most charismatic coaches in our business!”
Case has been highly successful at each of his previous collegiate stops and has a proven track record as both an assistant and head coach, having been part of national championship teams in each capacity. His career win-loss record as a head coach is an astounding 392-169.
The highly successful coach was most recently head men’s basketball coach at Redlands College for one season, following a two-year stint at Eastern Oklahoma State College, where he served as head men’s basketball coach and athletics director. Case was head coach at Oklahoma City University for 13 years, posting a 343-127 record and winning the NAIA National Championship in 1994 and again in 1996. Before being head coach at Oklahoma City, Case served as an assistant there for two years and was part of two NAIA national championships (1991, 1992). The 1992 squad was 38-0.
Case played two seasons at Seminole Junior College and led the team to a runner-up finish in the NJCAA national championship game. Following two years of junior college, Case played two years at Oklahoma State, where he averaged 10.7 ppg as a senior. Case and current Kansas head coach Bill Self were teammates at Oklahoma State, and his son, Jeremy, was a member of Kansas’ national championship team in 2008 and is currently an assistant coach at Southeast Missouri State.
Case began his coaching career as an assistant at Oklahoma Baptist in 1987. He spent two seasons as an assistant at Eastern Oklahoma before joining the staff at Oklahoma City University. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in 1986.
“I’m really excited to join the Ole Miss family,” said Case. “This is a very special place, and I can’t wait to get started!”
Hamilton has been at Middle Tennessee for four seasons, assisting the program in one of the best runs in school history. Alongside Davis and Case, he helped produce a stretch in which the Blue Raiders earned three straight Conference USA championships, recorded two NCAA Tournament upsets over No. 2 seed Michigan State (2016) and No. 5 seed Minnesota (2017) and won a school-record 31 games (2016).
“Ronnie Hamilton is one of the most impressive young assistants in college basketball,” said Davis. “He is a Duke graduate who is an elite recruiter and a coach that knows our winning culture so well!”
Before arriving at Middle Tennessee, Hamilton was familiar with Conference USA due to stints at Houston and Tulane. The Oxford, North Carolina, native joined the Blue Raider coaching staff after a two-year stop at Houston.
During the 2012-13 season, Hamilton helped the Cougars post a 20-13 record and a 7-9 mark in C-USA play before they made the move to the American Athletic Conference.
In his first season with Houston, Hamilton worked closely with guard Joseph Young, who was named to the All-Conference USA Third Team and was selected to the USBWA All-District VII squad. During the 2012-13 campaign, Hamilton also worked closely with Danuel House, who went on to garner C-USA Freshman of Year honors, marking a program first for Houston in C-USA.
Prior to his two years at Houston, Hamilton spent a pair of years on the Tulane coaching staff. With the Green Wave, he played a large role in recruiting 2012 All-Conference USA First Team honoree and C-USA Freshman of the Year Ricky Tarrant. Hamilton was also heavily involved in recruiting Josh Davis, who was a First Team All-C-USA player during the 2012-13 season.
Hamilton served two years as an assistant at The Citadel, where he was instrumental in the development and recruitment of All-Southern Conference selection and mid-major All-Americans Demetrius Nelson, John Brown, Michael Groselle and Cameron Wells. While on the Bulldog coaching staff, Hamilton helped lead The Citadel to 36 wins, including a school-record tying 20 wins during the 2008-09 campaign.
Hamilton made his way to Charleston, South Carolina after a three-year stint at Division II member Tarleton State from 2005-08. The Texans posted a 70-23 record, picking up wins against Baylor and TCU during his tenure in Stephenville, Texas. In 2005-06, Tarleton State made the program’s second-straight Elite Eight appearance and posted a 27-7 overall record.
In 2005, Hamilton graduated with his master’s in physical education with a concentration in sports administration from UNC Pembroke, where he served as a graduate assistant coach for the Braves from 2003-05. As a GA at Pembroke, he was responsible for planning practices, leading on-floor coaching, heading up the strength and condition program and handling film exchange, while also serving as the recruiting coordinator.
He received his bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Duke in 2002. Hamilton was a four-year letterman for the Blue Devil football team as a defensive back.
“I’m so excited about joining the Ole Miss Basketball program and Rebel family,” said Hamilton. “I look forward to being a part of Coach Davis’ staff and having the chance to compete in one of the best leagues in the country!”
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