Kennedy hires three for UAB basketball staff



Caleb Wood
Multimedia Reportercal



UAB head men’s basketball coach Andy Kennedy today announced the additions of three members to his staff in Philip Pearson, Ryan Cross, and Sidney Ball. Pearson and Cross will serve as assistant coaches while Ball will serve as Director of Basketball Operations.



Additionally, current Director of Player Relations Rob Williams will remain on staff as will Graduate Assistant Aaron Johnson.



Pearson has served as an assistant coach for over two decades at Little Rock, Murray State, Alabama, and most recently under Mark Fox at Georgia. 



During the 2008-09 season, Pearson served as interim head coach for the Crimson Tide coaching the team to a 6-7 record in 13 games. 



"I have known Philip since my time as a player back in the early 90s,” Kennedy said in a press release from UAB Athletics. “Philip is a hard worker who will bring invaluable experience to our program in all aspects of the job."



Cross arrives in Birmingham from Louisiana-Monroe where he served as assistant head coach. He had been on staff since 2012. 



He has been coaching for over decades at the Division 1, junior college, and high school levels.



Ryan also brings over a decade of college experience at the D1 level. His ability to evaluate and develop players will be a great asset to UAB basketball,” Kennedy said in a press release from UAB Athletics.



Ball returns to UAB from Samford where he has spent the past six years as an assistant. Ball played at UAB for four years from 1999 to 2004 including two seasons in which Kennedy served as an assistant coach. He was a two-year starter and was one of the leaders of the 2004 Sweet Sixteen team his season.



Before serving as a coach, Ball was an academic counselor at Mississippi State, Georgia State, and UAB.