Mooney adds David Boyden to Men’s Basketball staff

Mooney adds David Boyden to Men’s Basketball staff

RICHMOND, Va. – David Boyden has been hired as an assistant coach, Richmond men’s basketball head coach Chris Mooney announced Wednesday.

Boyden, a Richmond native, brings nearly 20 years of college coaching experience to the Spiders. He spent the 2021-22 season as an assistant on the staff at UNC Greensboro.

“David is an extremely accomplished and experienced coach who has been a part of the rich history of basketball in this region for many years,” said Spider head coach Chris Mooney. “I’m excited for what he is going to mean to our program and I’m thrilled that he has an opportunity to bring his family back to his hometown.”

Boyden spent five seasons as an assistant at Radford prior to joining UNCG, helping the Highlanders regular-season Big South titles in 2019 and 2020 and a Big South Tournament championship in 2018. The 2017-18 Highlanders finished with a school-record 23 wins, Including a victory over Long Island in the First Four of the NCAA Tournament, the first NCAA Tournament win in program history.

After earning All-Conference honors as a player at Western Kentucky, Boyden spent six seasons as an assistant coach with the Hilltoppers over two stints, from 2008-10 and 2012-16. During that span, Boyden led WKU to a five 20-win seasons and a pair of Sun Belt Tournament championships, in 2009 and 2013. In 2009, the Hilltoppers defeated 5-seed Illinois in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament.

Boyden served as an assistant at Tennessee Tech in 2011-12, leading TTU to a 19-14 record.

Boyden’s first assistant coach position was at Eastern Kentucky University under former Richmond assistant Jeff Neubauer. Boyden spent three seasons on the staff at EKU from 2005 to 2008, helping the Colonels to the 2007 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

After graduating from Western Kentucky in 2003, Boyden spent two seasons at the University of Georgia, serving as an administrative assistant with the men’s basketball program in 2003-04 and the team’s Director of Basketball Operations in 2004-05.

As a player, Boyden was a two-time captain who started 123 games for Western Kentucky from 1999-2003, scoring 1,167 points and earning All-Sun Belt Conference honors following his junior and senior seasons. He led the Hilltoppers to regular season and Sun Belt Tournament titles in 2001, 2002, and 2003 as WKU posted a combined 76-20 record climbed as high as 17th in the AP Top 25 (November 2001).

Boyden starred at Hermitage High in Henrico Country, Virginia, leading the team to a 23-6 record and the state Group AAA quarterfinals as a senior in 1998. That same year, he was tabbed an All-Metro selection by the Richmond Times-Dispatch . He was inducted into the Hermitage High Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.

Boyden is the half-brother of Grant Goldena four-time All-Conference honoree who is the second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder in program history.

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