2017-18 Men's Basketball
Record: 0-0 Home: 0-0 Away: 0-0 Neutral: 0-0 SSAC: 0-0
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Joe Niland
Head Coach: 19th Season
Alma Mater: Buffalo
Phone: 251-442-2288

Joe Niland will begin his 19th year as head coach of the University of Mobile men’s basketball team in 2017-18. Niland has racked up 325 career wins with the Rams (325-244) and is 452-304 overall in 23 seasons as a head coach. Niland has guided the Rams to five NAIA National Tournament appearances and also serves as the school’s athletic director, overseeing 17 athletics programs.

Head Coach at Mobile (1999-Present)

  • 18 seasons as head coach
  • 325-244 record at Mobile
  • First in all-time wins at UMobile
  • 452-304 record overall
  • GCAC Champions in 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons
  • Five NAIA National Tournament appearances
  • 2004 team advanced to the Round of Four
  • Beat NCAA I Alabama State in 2001-02
  • Beat NCAA I Louisiana-Lafayette in 2009-10
  • Also serves as athletics director
  • Twice named court coach for USA Basketball U18 National Team Training Camp

Prior to Mobile

  • 127-60 as head coach at Spring Hill (1993-99)
  • Second winningest coach all-time at SHC
  • GCAC Champions in 1993-94 and 1998-99)
  • Two NAIA National Tournament appearances
  • 73-20 as assistant coach at Florida Southern for three years
  • Two Sunshine State Conference Championships
  • Two NCAA II National Tournament appearances
  • Assistant coach at University of Tampa 1988-90
  • Two Sunshine State Conference Championships
  • Two NCAA II National Tournament appearances

Famous Family

  • Father, the late Joe Sr., coached at Canisius College 1947-54 and served as Director of College Scouting for the Buffalo Braves of the NBA
  • Brother, Dave, is head coach at Penn State-Behrend College
  • Uncle, the late Tom Niland, coached at LeMoyne College 1947-72 and served 45 years as AD
  • Cousin, John Beilein, is head coach at Michigan and took West Virginia to the Elite Eight in 2004-05
  • Lives in West Mobile with his wife, Ellen
  • Has four children, A.J., Katelin, Jake and Patrick
John Redman
Assistant Coach: 1st Season
Alma Mater: Spring Hill
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Willie Burns Jr.
Assistant Coach: 9th Season
Alma Mater: Stillman College

Willie Burns Jr. has spent six  seasons as an assistant coach for the Rams. He brings with him more than 22 years of teaching and coaching experience after serving as the head varsity boys’ basketball coach at Rain, Blount, Vigor, Citronelle and Williamson. Burns led Blount to five 5A Area Championships and Vigor to a 6A Area Championship in 2006. He was named Mobile Press-Register and Mobile Optimist Club Coach of the Year in 1994 and 2009.

Burns graduated from Stillman College with a degree in physical education and resides in Mobile. He is married to Twilla Long Burns and has four children (Thaddeus, Chelsea, Amanda and Olivia) and two grandchildren (Vera and Landen). He also has a M. Ed. in physical education.

Samuel Watson
Grad Assistant: 1st Season
Alma Mater: Chattanooga (Tenn.)