Mike Boynton Jr.
Mike Boynton Jr. enters his fourth season as an assistant coach with the South Carolina basketball staff for the 2011-12 season. Boynton, a four-year letterwinner for the Gamecocks (2001-04), served as the associate head coach for the Wofford Terriers prior to joining the South Carolina staff for the 2008-09 season.
One of the youngest teams in the nation in 2010-11, South Carolina battled through a rigorous non-conference schedule, including nationally-televised road contests at then-No. 2 Michigan State and then-No. 2 Ohio State early on in the campaign. Carolina earned thrilling overtime victories at Colonial Life Arena over then-No. 22 Vanderbilt and Arkansas, and earned an impressive 72-69 road win at Florida during the SEC season.
In his second season in Columbia, Boynton helped lead the Gamecocks to an 11-5 mark in Colonial Life Arena, a road victory in their SEC opener at Auburn - Carolina's first victory in a league opener on the road since the 1993 campaign - and an upset victory over No. 1 Kentucky in a nationally-televised contest during the 2009-10 season. The squad also continued its upward trend in the classroom.
In the summer of 2010, South Carolina's recruiting class achieved its highest rankings in recent history. A collective effort by the entire Gamecock coaching staff, the class was ranked No. 17 in the country according to Scout.com, No. 22 in the Rivals.com rankings and was the No. 25 class according to ESPN.com.
Boynton helped lead the Gamecocks to one of the most successful seasons in recent history during the 2008-09 campaign, as South Carolina earned double-digit SEC victories for the first time since the 1998 season and earned the SEC Eastern Division Co-Championship. The Gamecocks have reached double-digit victories just three times in their 20-year history competing in the SEC. Additionally, Carolina's 21 wins in 2008-09 marked its first 20-win season since the 2005-06 campaign.
With Boynton's help, Wofford finished the 2007-08 season 16-16 overall and 8-12 in Southern Conference play. The Terriers' 16 wins were the most since the 1994-95 season and the most since moving to the NCAA Division I level.
Boynton worked as an assistant at Coastal Carolina for two seasons prior to his stint at Wofford. While at Coastal, he worked with head coach Buzz Peterson, who was named director of player personnel for the Charlotte Bobcats in June 2007. In 2006-07, the Chanticleer's were 15-15 overall and posted a 7-7 record in the Big South. In 2005-06, Coastal Carolina was 20-10 overall with a 12-4 record in the conference. Prior to Coastal Carolina, Boynton spent the 2004-05 season as graduate manager at Furman University.
In four seasons as a student-athlete at South Carolina, Boynton played in 125 career games, which ranks fourth all-time. He also finished in the top 10 in career 3-pointers made and 3-pointers attempted. In a single season, he ranks in the top 10 in starts and minutes played. During his senior season, he led the Gamecocks to the NCAA Tournament, starting 32 games and averaging 9.9 points and a team-high 3.5 assists per game.
Boynton graduated from South Carolina with a degree in African-American studies. He was also awarded the Southeastern Conference's Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship for his community service work.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Boynton attended Bishop Loughlin High School, where he earned first-team All-New York City honors after leading his team to a 24-4 mark and a berth in the city semifinals. He was inducted into the Bishop Loughlin High School Athletic Hall of Fame in the spring of 2011. Boynton is married to the former Jenny Hill.