Dennis Felton

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Dennis Felton
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Cleveland State
Conference Horizon
Record 0-0
Biographical details
Born (1963-06-21) June 21, 1963 (age 54)
Tokyo, Japan
Playing career
1981–1983 Prince George's CC
1983–1985 Howard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1984 Oxon Hill HS (asst.)
1985–1986 Charles County CC (asst.)
1986–1990 Delaware (asst.)
1990–1991 Tulane (asst.)
1991–1992 Saint Joseph's (asst.)
1992–1994 Providence (asst.)
1994–1998 Clemson (asst.)
1998–2003 Western Kentucky
2003–2009 Georgia
2014–2017 Tulsa (asst.)
2017–present Cleveland State
Head coaching record
Overall 184–145 (.559)
Accomplishments and honors
Sun Belt regular season championship (2001–2003)
Sun Belt Tournament championship (2001–2003)
SEC Tournament championship (2008)

Dennis Alan Felton (born June 21, 1963) is an American basketball coach, currently the head coach at Cleveland State University. He is the former head men's basketball coach at the University of Georgia, and also served as a player personnel assistant for the National Basketball Association's San Antonio Spurs.

Felton was born in Tokyo, Japan[1] and spent his early years living in and visiting a variety of locales around the world, due to his father's career in the United States Air Force. His family eventually moved to Clinton, Maryland, a suburban town in the Washington, D.C., area, a short distance from Andrews Air Force Base. Dennis Felton graduated from Surrattsville High School in 1981 and went on to Prince George's Community College. He completed his athletic and academic careers at Howard University in 1985, where he was a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference All-Academic selection.

College coaching[edit]

Felton got his start in the coaching profession as an assistant basketball coach at Oxon Hill High School in 1984. He then became an assistant coach at Charles County Community College, for one season (1985–86) before moving on to University of Delaware as an assistant coach for four seasons (1986–90). Felton continued his collegiate career with one season each at Tulane University and St. Joseph's University. In 1992, he took an assistant's post at Providence College under Rick Barnes. That season began a 6-year apprenticeship with Barnes that included two with the Friars and four at Clemson University (1994–98). The six teams that Barnes and Felton coached together all posted winning seasons (including three 20-win campaigns), all played in the postseason (four NCAA berths, two in the NIT) and went 114–71, averaging 19 wins per year.

Western Kentucky[edit]

In the spring of 1998, just before Barnes left Clemson for Texas, Felton was named the head coach at Western Kentucky University. His first two Hilltopper squads went a combined 24–34. The 1999 team advanced to the Sun Belt Tournament title game. His Hilltopper teams won the Sun Belt Conference tournament titles in 2001, 2002, and 2003.


In April 2003 Felton was hired as the head coach at the University of Georgia. Felton also took assistant coaches Bert Tucker and Ken McDonald as well as associate head coach Pete Herrmann with him to Athens.

In his first four seasons at Georgia, Felton had compiled a 58–63 record with two NIT appearances while attempting to lead Georgia back from the severe disadvantages that previous coach Jim Harrick dealt the program. Despite having only 9 scholarship players in 2007–2008, Felton's Bulldogs completed a successful run in SEC Tournament Championship history. Entering the 2008 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament as the lowest seed, Georgia won 4 games in 3 days to capture the conference tournament crown and the corresponding automatic berth in the 2008 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. In their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2002, the Bulldogs were defeated by Xavier University in the first round in Washington, D.C..

On January 29, 2009, Dennis Felton was fired as head coach of the UGA Men's Basketball team.[2] This came with a losing streak that left the team with a 9–11 record in mid-season He finished his career as the coach of UGA Men's Basketball team with an 84–91 record. Associate Head Coach Pete Herrmann finished the 2008–2009 season as the interim head coach.[3]


Felton returned to college coaching after stints in the NBA, as an assistant coach on Frank Haith's staff at Tulsa.[4]

Cleveland State[edit]

On March 24, 2017, Felton was hired as the head coach of Cleveland State University. On March 27, 2017 Felton was officially introduced as head coach.[5] Felton's contract is for five years.[6]

NBA coaching career[edit]

During the 2009–2010 NBA season, Felton served on the scouting staff for the Phoenix Suns, mainly observing NCAA games in the Southeast. He was also a part of the Suns' war room during the NBA draft in June 2010, led by General Manager Steve Kerr and head coach Alvin Gentry.

On June 28, 2010, the New Jersey Nets announced that Felton would be an assistant coach for their Summer League team.[7]

Prior to the start of the 2010–2011 NBA season, he was hired by the San Antonio Spurs as Director of Pro Player Personnel, a position he held through 2013.[8]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (Sun Belt Conference) (1998–2003)
1998–99 Western Kentucky 13–16 7–7 T–3rd
1999–00 Western Kentucky 11–18 8–8 5th
2000–01 Western Kentucky 24–7 14–2 1st (East ) NCAA Round of 64
2001–02 Western Kentucky 28–4 13–1 1st (East ) NCAA Round of 64
2002–03 Western Kentucky 24–9 12–2 1st (East ) NCAA Round of 64
Western Kentucky: 100–54 (.649) 54–20 (.730)
Georgia Bulldogs (Southeastern Conference) (2003–2009)
2003–04 Georgia 16–14 7–9 T–8th NIT First Round
2004–05 Georgia 8–20 2–14 12th
2005–06 Georgia 15–15 5–11 10th
2006–07 Georgia 19–14 8–8 T–5th NIT Second Round
2007–08 Georgia 17–17 4–12 11th NCAA Round of 64
2008–09 Georgia 9–11 0–5
Georgia: 84–91 (.480) 26–59 (.306)
Cleveland State Vikings (Horizon League) (2017–present)
2017–18 Cleveland State 0–0 0–0
Cleveland State: 0–0 (–) 0–0 (–)
Total: 184–145 (.559)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


Felton is married to the former Melanie Smith, who is also a Howard alumna. The couple reside in Milton, Georgia with their two sons, Jazz and Nile. Jazz and Nile are both basketball players. Jazz was a part of Milton High School's state championship team as a freshman in 2009–2010.[9] Jazz will attend WKU and will serve on Ray Harper's coaching staff.


  1. ^ "Dennis Felton Georgia Bulldogs profile". University of Georgia. Archived from the original on March 28, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Georgia fires men's basketball coach Dennis Felton". Athens, Georgia: USA Today. January 29, 2009. Archived from the original on March 28, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Paper reports Felton out at Georgia". USA Today. 2010-09-25. Archived from the original on February 2, 2009. 
  4. ^ "TULSA'S HAITH NAMES THREE FORMER HEAD COACHES TO COACHING STAFF". Tulsa, Oklahoma: University of Tulsa. April 23, 2014. Archived from the original on March 28, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Dennis Felton Introduced as CSU Men's Basketball Coach". Cleveland, Ohio: Cleveland State University. March 27, 2017. Archived from the original on March 29, 2017. Retrieved March 29, 2017. 
  6. ^ Pluto, Terry (March 27, 2017). "New Cleveland State basketball coach Dennis Felton must hire a local assistant". Cleveland, Ohio: The Plain Dealer. Retrieved March 30, 2017. 
  7. ^ Sugiura, Ken (March 9, 2011). "Recalling the tornado of 2008 SEC tournament". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Archived from the original on March 12, 2011. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Dennis Felton Tulsa profile". University of Tulsa. Archived from the original on March 28, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Five-Star Basketball - Milton roster, schedule, highlights, news". 26 March 2012. Archived from the original on 26 March 2012. 

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