Tommy Verdell is entering his second year as the assistant athletic director and second season at the helm of the Johnson State men's basketball program. During the 2013-14 season Verdell and the Badgers finished 6-20 overall after falling to Husson University in the NAC quarterfinals.
Prior to coming to Johnson, Verdell spent two years as the assistant men's basketball coach at Bates College in Maine. Last year the team posted a record of 10-15 overall and 4-6 in the competitive New England Small Colleges Athletic Conference (NESCAC).
Prior to Bates, Verdell spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the Springfield Armor of the NBA developmental league for head coach and former Boston Celtic Dee Brown. Alongside coaches Brown and Kevin Whitted, Verdell helped develop several Armor players, including former Division I first team all-American Scottie Reynolds and current Philadelphia 76er Craig Brackins.
At the scholastic level, Verdell spent three seasons as head boys' varsity basketball coach at Wilbraham & Monson Academy in Massachusetts and was also the assistant coach of the Amherst (Mass.) Regional High School Division I state championship team. Verdell has coached at five-star basketball camps throughout the U.S. as well as in Beijing, China, where he has conducted coaching clinics in addition to camps.
Verdell earned his bachelor's degree in coaching from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2003. Vedell and his wife Kristin have one son, Trace.