August 15, 2019
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University’s women’s basketball program, under the direction of head coach Julia Huddleston Tucker, has added former Fighting Knight men’s basketball player Marquan Botley to its coaching staff in an assistant role for the 2019-20 season.
“Marquan is someone who has always stood out to me as determined, hardworking and positive. I have been able to watch him develop from an incredible player to a formidable coach in a very short amount of time,” said Huddleston Tucker. “Coach Quan will bring a high level of basketball IQ and the ability to help with player development while also being an incredible example of our culture of Spirit, Service, and Strength.”
Botley joins the collegiate coaching ranks after an outstanding career on the hardwood in Boca Raton, playing three seasons at Division-I Florida Atlantic University before joining head coach Jeff Price and the Blue and White for his final collegiate season. While at FAU, Botley started 57 games and averaged 11.1 ppg, shooting 79 percent from the free-throw line.
The Dallas, Texas, native then burst onto the scene for the Fighting Knights during the 2016-17 season, averaging a team-high 16.8 ppg, shooting 40.6 percent from beyond the arc. Botley broke two program records during that season, making a school-record 97 triples for the year, which included a school-record 10 three-pointers in one game in a 40-point effort at Florida Southern.
He began his coaching career assisting with player development and skills training in the South Florida area with athletes ranging from youth to professionals. Botley then landed a position with North Broward Preparatory School as the head coach for the middle school team along with assisting the varsity squad. He is also involved with a local youth travel basketball organization, Ball by Design.
Botley’s hiring fully rounds out Huddleston Tucker’s coaching staff which also includes assistant coach Stephan Walton and graduate assistant coach Daisy Jordan.
About the Fighting Knights
Lynn University’s national champion Fighting Knights compete in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, softball, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and volleyball. The university’s 19 intercollegiate teams are home to nearly 300 student athletes. Lynn is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II institution and winner of 25 national championships and 42 Sunshine State Conference titles. Representing spirit, service and strength, the Fighting Knights strive for greatness through athletic performance and academic excellence. For more information, visit: lynnfightingknights.com.