Skyhawk Men's Basketball | Mark Halsell - Graduate Assistant
Mark Halsell is in his second season on The University of Tennessee at Martin men’s basketball coaching staff as a graduate assistant.
“One word that I would use to describe Mark is hungry,” Skyhawk head coach Jason James said. “He wants to be taught the tools to achieve his goals. I have known Mark for a long time and he comes from basketball, he grew up in the game and has seen competition at a very high level. He has come here with the right attitude and has made an immediate impact in our program. Mark is an ‘anything’ guy – he will do anything that is asked of him to help us be successful. Programs need those types of people. Mark has a bright future in this profession.”
Halsell's first season at UT Martin resulted in an Ohio Valley Conference tournament appearance, the ninth such appearance in program history.
Halsell began his collegiate playing career at the University of Kentucky under head coach Billy Gillispie. He appeared in six games for the Wildcats in 2008-09 before transferring to Park University in Parksville, Mo., where he completed his playing career.
Playing for head coach Jason Kline, Halsell was a part of a pair of 20-win squads and two American Midwest Conference championship teams at Park. The Pirates made a pair of NAIA national tournament appearances in Halsell’s first two seasons (2009-10, 2010-11).
Overall, Halsell played in 51 games over three years at Park. During his tenure, the Pirates went 56-35 overall with a 27-13 conference record.
“I am grateful to be joining the coaching staff,” Halsell said. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with Coach James and the rest of the coaching staff.”
Halsell was born in Midwest City, Okla., but played high school basketball at St. Charles High School in St. Charles, Mo. Playing alongside current NBA player Josh Harrellson, Halsell and the Pirates advanced to the Missouri state semifinals in 2007. During his senior season, Halsell averaged eight points, three rebounds, three assists and a steal for head coach Gary Wacker.
Off the court, Halsell was a standout performer in the classroom. He was one of only 61 men’s basketball recipients of the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete award in 2011-12, the highest individual academic honor an NAIA student-athlete can receive. He also earned numerous academic accolades throughout his high school career.
Halsell’s family also has an athletic background, as his parents Mark and Vicki played college basketball at Park. His cousin Tray Allen also played football at the University of Texas.
Halsell graduated from Park with a degree in management and finance in 2012.