A 17-year collegiate coaching veteran, Tony Madlock is in his first season as an assistant with Lamar after spending the previous four seasons in the Southeastern Conference serving as an assistant at Auburn. The career path that brought Madlock to Beaumont has also included stops Texas-El Paso and Arkansas State before beginning his coaching career in high school ranks in 1994.
Madlock had an immediate impact on the coaching world when he posted a 67-29 (.698) record in just three seasons at Melrose (Tenn.) High School. His teams averaged 22 wins per season, and advanced to the 1997 state title game with a 32-7 (.821) overall record. Madlock produced five players who would go on to receive basketball scholarships.
After just three short years in the high school ranks, colleges came after Madlock seeking his services, and he was named assistant coach at Arkansas State prior to the 1997-98 season. Madlock served in that position for three years before being named associate head coach. During his time at ASU, the Red Wolves averaged 18 wins per season, won a Sun Belt regular-season and tournament title and advanced to the 1999 NCAA Championships.
Following his tenure in Jonesboro, Madlock accepted a position at UTEP where he helped coach the Miners to three postseason appearances in four years, including a trip to the 2010 NCAA Championships. The Miners averaged 20 wins per season during Madlock's time serving as the primary recruiter. During that time, the Miners produced the Conference USA Player of the Year, two All-CUSA Freshmen selections, one league sixth man of the year and a 19 and Under USA Basketball participant.
Madlock left El Paso after the 2009-10 season to take a similar position at Auburn. Madlock spent four seasons in Auburn helping the Tigers secure two top 40 recruiting classes, which included five of the nation's top 100 recruits. Auburn produced the SEC's top scoring duo this past season with the one-two punch of Chris Denson and KT Harrell. The duo ended the year averaging better than 37 points per game.
All told during his collegiate coaching career, Madlock has helped coach four teams to postseason play, produce two conference newcomers of the year, two freshman all-conference selections, a league sixth man of the year award, a conference player of the year and numerous all-league selections.
One of the top point guards in the state of Tennessee coming out of high school, Madlock signed with the University of Memphis where he lettered all four seasons, guiding the Tigers to four postseason appearances, including a trip to the Elite Eight as a senior. Madlock graduated from Memphis with his bachelor's degree in 1991. Following his collegiate career, Madlock played professionally in Venezuela for one season.
Madlock is married to the former Stacie Bryant. The couple has two children, daughter Kyndal (13) and son TJ (10).