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Ex-Rebel assistant enjoys change of scenery

First Mike Sanford, now Heath Schroyer.

What is it with former UNLV coaches and changes of scenery, anyway?

A couple of months after former Rebels football coach Sanford guided Indiana State to its first NCAA playoff berth in many moons, former basketball assistant Schroyer has Tennessee-Martin hooping it up.

A story on the official NCAA website has called UT-Martin one of the top 10 turnaround programs of the season.

Last year the Skyhawks were 8-23 and 3-13 in the Ohio Valley Conference. This year they are 11-6 and 3-1.

The story explained the overnight reversal thusly:

New coach Heath Schroyer was an assistant at UNLV, and he brought Deville Smith east with him. Smith now leads in scoring, and junior college transfer Twymond Howard is second. Tennessee Martin has managed to make its move despite losing top forward Myles Taylor to a knee injury in December. Before he went down, the Skyhawks were one of five teams in the nation with all five starters averaging in double figures.

Deville Smith, a leading scorer. Ouch!

This is what Schroyer posted on his Twitter account Tuesday:

“Really good article, proud that we are mentioned but know we have a lot of work left to do!”

Schroyer spent three seasons as an assistant at UNLV under Dave Rice, where he usually was the one doing most of the talking during timeouts.

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