Nate Mast
    Nate Mast

    Champaign, Ill.

    Director of Operations

    Alma Mater:
    Illinois (2002)


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    Nate Mast named Men's Basketball Director of Operations

    A four year letterman at Illinois, Mast holds the UI scoring record for walk-ons.

    Nate Mast was named Saluki Basketball's first full-time director of basketball operations on May 19, 2012.

    Prior to SIU, Mast served as head coach at Parkland College in Champaign, Ill., where he posted a 53-44 record, including an NJCAA Division II national tournament appearance in 2012.

    A 2002 graduate of the University of Illinois, Mast was a student assistant for one season for the Illini (2001-02) and later joined Bill Self's staff at Kansas in 2004 in an administrative capacity. While at Kansas, the Jayhawks won three Big 12 Conference championships. In 2007, Mast accepted his first coaching job at an assistant at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, where he helped the Lions to a record of 51-13 during two seasons.

    "Nate's experience as a head coach and having worked and played at the highest level of college basketball will be a tremendous asset for us," said Hinson. "We are happy to welcome Nate, his wife Ashley, and his children, Nolan and Kendall, to our Saluki family."

    A four year letterman at Illinois, Mast holds the UI scoring record for walk-ons. He played in 72 games from 1997-2001, including four starts and was named to the Big Ten Academic All-Conference team. He played three seasons for Lon Kruger and one season under Self.

    "My background of being at Illinois and Kansas, and then being a junior college head coach, has allowed me to get my hand in all activities that go on in a program," Mast said. "I've run camps, done fund-raising, worked behind the scenes. I feel I can take any task Coach Hinson gives me and run with it and execute it in timely fashion."

    Mast was a two-time recipient of the Kenny Battle Most Inspirational Player Award, was part of three Big Ten championship teams and helped the Illini reach the NCAA Elite 8 during his senior year.

    "SIU has a history as a mid-major school that can play at an elite level, but the biggest attraction for me was the coaching staff," Mast said. "Coach Hinson has had a lot of success and we've been around the same coaching family. I'm familiar with the assistant coaches and I think we can all work well together."

    A Champaign native, Mast was inducted into the Central High School Hall of Fame in 2008. He is married to the former Ashley Seaman of Champaign, and the couple has two children, Nolan (5) and Kendall (3).

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