French begins his seventh season as the men's basketball head coach at the University of Rio Grande. Prior to becoming the head coach of the RedStorm, he spent six seasons as the program's top assistant coach.
A native of Huntington, W.Va., French is a 1987 graduate of Buffalo-Wayne High School, a 1988 graduate of Fishburne Military Academy in Waynesboro, Va. and a 1993 graduate of West Virginia State College. He began his coaching career at the high school level, spending four seasons as an assistant coach at Huntington St. Joseph Central Catholic High School before a two-year stint as an assistant at Ceredo-Kenova High School.
French's collegiate coaching career began as an assistant coach at Tusculum College in Greeneville, TN, where he spent three seasons before coming to Rio Grande in 1999. Upon his arrival at Rio, French helped guide the men's program to a pair of appearances in the NAIA Division II National Tournament, including a Final Four berth in 2001.
Since becoming Rio's head coach, French's teams have served as an on-court demonstration squad for Championship Productions instructional DVD's at Nike Coaching Clinics in New Haven, CT; Myrtle Beach, SC; Pittsburgh, PA; and Cleveland, Ohio.
Under French's direction, Rio Grande's summer basketball camps - the Little RedStorm Day Camp and the Individual "Hard Work" Camp - have seen the number of participants grow to record levels. He has been instrumental in the development of the Rio Fall Basketball Academy.
French also serves as the school's athletic recruiting coordinator and is heading up the NAIA "Champions of Character" Initiative for the entire URG athletic program for the 13th year. He was certified by the NAIA as a "Champions of Character" instructor in October 2005.
The men's basketball program has also seen a perfect 100 percent graduation rate of its seniors during French's tenure as head coach.
He and his wife, Tonya, reside in Rio Grande with their two children, son Tre and daughter Ali.