Bozeman Returns to Arkansas to Coach UAPB Men’s Basketball Team

The university will introduce the new coach to reporters Tuesday morning.

Solomon Boozman headshot

Arkansas native Solomon Bozeman has been named the next head coach of the men’s basketball program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Bozeman, who spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Oral Roberts University, helped the Golden Eagles improve their conference wins each year and make a Sweet 16 appearance in the 2021 NCAA tournament, the first since 1974. 

“It is an absolute honor to be named head men’s basketball coach at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff,” Bozeman said. “In all things, I give thanks and praise to the Lord. I’d like to thank Chancellor Alexander, AD Robinson and the entire athletics administration for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to be the head coach at such a historic university.”

Bozeman is replacing George Ivory who resigned in April. He served 13 years as head coach and 4 years as an assistant coach.  

“The Golden Lion Nation is excited to welcome Coach Bozeman to The Pride,” UAPB athletics director Chris Robinson said. “Bozeman has an amazing reputation when it comes to recruiting and player development. We’re confident he will position our men’s program as a powerhouse team in the SWAC and increase our recruiting footprint within the state.”

Bozeman’s influence was evident as Oral Roberts captured the Summit League Conference Tournament Championship, its first appearance since 2008, according to a press release. After earning the No. 15 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Golden Eagles reached the Sweet 16 with wins over the No. 2 seed the Ohio State Buckeyes and the No. 7 seed Florida Gators. Additionally, Bozeman played a major role in recruiting and developing players at Oral Roberts, having recruited Deondre Burns and RJ Glasper who were both a part of the All-Conference and Newcomer Teams. 

Bozeman also spent two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. While there, he recruited and played a crucial role in the development of Rayjon Tucker, who currently plays for the Philadelphia 76ers. 

Before returning to UA Little Rock, Bozeman spent two seasons at Abilene Christian where he helped Joe Golding build his program by recruiting three All-Conference selections — Jaylen Franklin, Jalone Friday and Kolton Kohl — who later led Abilene Christian to two NCAA Tournament appearances. 

Prior to Abilene Christian, Bozeman played professionally in the D League and in a number of leagues overseas. While attending UA Little Rock, Bozeman was one of the most decorated student athletes in the school’s history and earned AP All-American honorable mention, Sun Belt Conference Student Athlete of the Year and Sun Belt Player of the Year. He hit the 3-pointer — with 1.5 seconds remaining — to lift UA Little Rock to a 64-63 win over North Texas in the 2011 Sun Belt Tournament championship sending the Trojans to their fourth NCAA Tournament.

Bozeman earned a Master’s in Sports Management from UA Little Rock. He and his wife, Myla, have been married for six years.

UAPB will host a press conference for reporters at 11 a.m. June 15 at the STEM Conference Center.

Antoinette Grajeda
Antoinette Grajeda

Antoinette Grajeda is Editor-in-Chief of Arkansas Soul, the host of the Affirmative Action podcast and a Northwest Arkansas-based journalist. She has covered race, culture, politics, health, education and the arts in Arkansas for nearly 15 years.