New Flagler men’s basketball coach adds assistant to staff

PETER.WILLOTT@STAUGUSTINE.COM Chad Warner speaks at a press conference introducing him as Flagler College’s new men’s basketball coach on April 7.

New Flagler College men’s basketball coach Chad Warner added to his staff Thursday, hiring a person he’s very familiar with.


Warner hired Blake Selland to be an assistant coach. Selland played for Warner at Shorter University in Rome, Ga.

“Blake Selland is the greatest teammate that I ever coached, hands down,” Warner said. “I am so thankful to be able to work with him as we continue to build here at Flagler. His knowledge of the game, desire to be great and desire to serve make him a huge asset to Flagler basketball and Flagler College.”

Selland played guard for the Hawks under Warner from 2011 to 2015. He spent the last two seasons as assistant coach at Shorter under head coach Tyler Murray, who replaced Warner. Murray recently resigned to become an assistant coach at Furman University.

Selland joins former Flagler player and returning assistant coach Keith Matthews on Warner’s staff.

“It’s always special to be able to work with someone that you coached as a player,” Warner said.

“Being able to work alongside Blake is particularly special for me because of how much I always valued him as a person. I expect him to be a great model to our young men and am excited for them to be able to be coached by him.”

Selland is the second person this month with ties to Shorter to join the Saints’ program. Guard Damerit Brown, a 6-foot-4 guard, transferred to Flagler earlier this month.

Brown averaged 11.1 points and 3.6 rebounds for the Hawks last season, leading the team in 3-point shooting (42 for 82) at 51.2 percent.

Brown, who will be a sophomore, played high school ball at Ocoee High with Saints leading scorer Vaughn McCall (17.2 ppg in 2016-17).

Brown joins early signee Orrington Hamilton, a 6-foot point guard from Naples Golden Gate High School, as new Saints players next season.