Mike Howland | Assistant Coach
Mike Howland joined the Tribe program in April of 2019 after spending the previous four seasons at Winthrop University.
After joining the Eagles as the program’s director of basketball operations in 2015, he was promoted to an assistant coach prior in 2017. During his tenure in Rock Hill, S.C., Winthrop compiled an impressive 86-40 record, including a 50-20 Big South Conference mark. In his four seasons, the program won two regular-season conference championships, a tournament title, made an NCAA Tournament appearance and produced two league players of the year and eight all-conference selections.
During his first season at Winthrop, the Eagles finished the year at 23-9 overall and advanced to the Big South Championship Game. A year later, Winthrop won both the Big South regular-season and tournament championships in advancing to the NCAA Tournament. The Eagles finished the year at 26-7 overall.
In his first season as an assistant in 2017-18, Winthrop won its second-straight regular-season Big South Championship. Howland also helped in mentoring Big South Player of the Year Xavier Cooks, who was a three-time all-league selection. In 2018-19, Howland served as Winthrop's offensive coordinator and the Eagles ranked eighth nationally in scoring offense at 83.3 points per game.
Prior to his time at Winthrop, Howland was the director of basketball operations at Missouri State in 2014-15 and excelled coaching at the high school level and on the AAU circuit. As the varsity basketball coach at Saint Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Ill., for three seasons, he led the Lions to a 69-19 record and a trio of regional championships. It marked the best three-year stretch in school history. Howland was a three-time IBCA District 4 Coach of the Year and took home the 2012 East Suburban Catholic Conference Coach of the Year as well. He was the co-founder of the Chicago Lockdown AAU Basketball 14U-17U program, which earned a top 25 national ranking in 2013.
Howland graduated from DePauw University (Greencastle, Ind.) in 2002 and enjoyed a stellar career on the court. He was a four-year starter and capped his career by being named an NABC All-American as a senior. The 2002 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Howland led the Tigers to a 24-4 mark and appearance in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division III Tournament. He scored 1,276 points in his career, which ranks 13th all-time and finished third all-time in assists (490). During his four years under long-time coach Bill Fenlon, DePauw compiled a 75-28 record.
Jason Kemp | Assistant Coach
Jason Kemp, who joined the Tribe as an assistant coach in April of 2019, brings a wealth of experience to Williamsburg with 12 years as a Division I assistant coach, including stops at North Dakota State, Toledo and Ohio.
Over his career as an assistant, Kemp has helped lead programs to an overall record of 215-161 with four post-season appearances, including an NCAA Tournament bid, and two regular-season conference championships. He has recruited and mentored four league players of the year and eight all-conference first-team selections.
Kemp spend the last five seasons as an assistant coach at Ohio University. The Bobcats compiled an 81-77 record during his tenure. Kemp helped to mentor eight players who earned All-MAC selections, including two first-teamers, five MAC All-Freshman Team picks, a MAC Player of the Year and a MAC Rookie of the Year (Ben Vander Plas in 2019). Kemp also aided in the development of two-time All-MAC selection Maurice Ndour, who signed with the Dallas Maverick and played in the NBA with the New York Knicks.
In just his second season in Athens, OU enjoyed the biggest turnaround in school history. The Bobcats also had one of the top improvements in the country, finishing with a 23-12 record and a 13-game improvement over the prior season. Ohio took part in the 2016 CBI and advanced to the semifinals. Kemp mentored MAC Player of the Year Antonio Campbell, who also earned Associated Press All-America honors. The 23 wins ranked sixth in Ohio history, and the CBI marked the program’s 22nd all-time post-season appearance.
Kemp spent one season at Toledo, helping the Rockets to a school-record 27 wins and a regular-season MAC Championship in 2013-14. Included in UT’s win total was a victory at Atlantic Coast Conference foe Boston College. The Rockets ended the season competing in the National Invitation Tournament and had a trio of players named to the All-MAC Team.
Kemp’s first Division I coaching stop came at North Dakota State, where he spent eight seasons, including the final six as an assistant coach. After getting his coaching start at Minnesota State University-Moorhead in 2004-05, Kemp moved to NDSU and served as a graduate manager in 2005-06 and 2006-07.
During its transition to the Division I level, Kemp was promoted to an assistant coach prior to the 2007-08 season. During his eight seasons in Fargo, the Bison finished with a 144-97 record, including a 108-77 mark during his six years as an assistant. He mentored 12 All-Summit League players, including six first-team selections.
NDSU joined the Summit League in Kemp’s first season as an assistant coach, and the Bison compiled a 63-43 league record. In the program’s first season of eligibility in 2009, Kemp helped the NDSU to the Summit League Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Bison finished the year with a 26-7 record and claimed the conference’s regular-season crown as well thanks to a 16-2 mark. Kemp helped to mentor Summit League Player of the Year Ben Woodside, who was an AP All-American and ended his career as NDSU’s career leading scorer.
During his final two seasons at NDSU, Kemp helped the program to post-season appearances in the CBI. In 2012-13, the Bison advanced to the Summit League Championship Game and ended the year at 24-10 overall and 12-4 in league play.
Along with Woodside, Kemp recruited and developed 2014 Summit League Player of the Year and AP All-American Taylor Braun. Also, during his tenure at NDSU, Lawrence Alexander, who went on to be named player of the year in 2015, was named the Summit League Rookie of the Year in 2012, while Mike Felt was selected as the league’s Sixth Man of the Year a season later.
NDSU enjoyed success academically during Kemp’s time in Fargo. The program achieved the top overall Academic Progress Rating in the Summer League during his tenure. A total of 37 Bison players were named to the Summit League Academic Honor Roll from 2008-13, including seven distinguished scholars, and Brett Winkelman was twice named the Summit League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year in the 2008 and 2009.
During his time as a graduate manager under Tim Miles, the Bison compiled a 36-20 record. Included in NDSU’s wins were nationally-ranked victories over No. 13 Wisconsin in 2005-06 and No. 9 Marquette a season later. Kemp coordinated NDSU summer camps and video editing projects, while serving as the Director of NDSU Hardcourt Hustler ballboy program and the Director of NDSU Bison Buddies youth clinic.
A native of Madison, Wis., Kemp played four years at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise sport science in 2004. He also received a master’s degree in sports management from North Dakota State in 2007.
Julian Boatner | Assistant Coach
Julian Boatner, a 2014 graduate of W&M, returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach in 2018 and enters into his second season on the Tribe's staff. One of the top 3-point shooters in program history, he spent the previous four years in the coaching ranks at Indiana University and Mount St. Mary’s University. He helped both programs to the NCAA Tournament, appearing in the national event in three of his four seasons on staff.
Boatner was an assistant coach for former W&M assistant Jamion Christian at Mount St. Mary’s the last two seasons. The Mount won the NEC regular season and tournament Championships on the way to the NCAA Tournament in 2017. They knocked off New Orleans in the First Four to pick up an NCAA Tournament win, before falling to top overall seed Villanova despite leading for the majority of the first half. The Mount won 20 games for just the second time since joining Division I in 1988-89.
In 2017-18, Mount St. Mary’s won 18 games, including a 12-6 Northeast Conference Record. Boatner helped to mentor Junior Robinson and Chris Wray who earned NEC Player and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively. In total during Boatner’s two seasons, the Mount produced four All-NEC players and two All-Rookie Team selections. He was the program’s defensive coordinator during his two seasons, leading top-rated defense in the NEC in 2017. The Mount had a defensive efficiency of 95.8, according to KenPom.com, during the 2016-17 campaign. His primarily recruiting responsibilities were in the areas of Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
Prior to his time in Emmitsburg, Md., Boatner spent two seasons as a graduate manager at Indiana University under Tom Crean. Indiana advanced to the NCAA Tournament during each of his two seasons, including an appearance in the Sweet 16 in 2016. The Hoosiers won the 2016 Big Ten Regular Season Championship as well. During his final season at Indiana, Boatner was the head video coordinator, directing a staff of two graduate managers and 15 undergraduate managers in completing all aspects of film. He earned his master’s degree from Indiana in sports management and athletic administration in 2016.
Boatner, who graduated from W&M with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and a minor in marketing, played in the sixth-most games in program history at 124, including 57 starts. He averaged five points per game over his four seasons, which culminated in a 20-win campaign and a trip to the Colonial Athletic Association Championship game in 2013-14. Boatner still ranks 10th in Tribe history in career 3-pointers made (161), 11th in career 3-point percentage (38.3) and 16th in career 3-pointers made per game (1.3).
A team captain in 2014, he was named the winner of the ‘Kraze’ Award given for a player's ability to inspire his teammates. It is named in honor of former Tribe team captain John Kratzer who received the inaugural United States Basketball Writers Association Most Courageous Athlete award. Kratzer lettered two years with the Tribe, before being diagnosed with cancer and battled the disease for three more years. Throughout the ordeal, he continued to provide an inspiration to the Tribe and provided the major emotional lift that allowed the College to upset No. 2 North Carolina, 78-75, on Dec. 7, 1977. Boatner was also voted as the team’s Most Improved Player after his freshman season.
A graduate of Bloomington North High School, he was an Indiana All-Star and an All-State selection for the Cougars after averaging 18.1 points as a senior and 21.3 points as a junior. He is the son of Melvin and Nancy Boatner. His brother, Kelvin, played four years for the Naval Academy.
Nate Bollinger | Director of Basketball Operations
Nate Bollinger joined the W&M men's basketball program as the director of basketball operations in June of 2019. Bollinger, who has three seasons of Division I experience, was named to the 2019 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Under Armour 30-Under-30 Team.
Last season, Bollinger was an assistant coach at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., helping the Bearcats to a 22-5 record and a Presidents Athletic Conference regular season title. In April, he was named to the NABC 30-Under-30 Team, which represents 30 of the most outstanding men's college basketball coaches under the age of 30.
Along with going 14-2 in the PAC in 2018-19, Bollinger helped a trio of Bearcats earn all-conference honors, including the league player of the year Tom Kromka. Bollinger served as the team’s offensive and recruiting coordinators as well as ran team and individual film sessions at Saint Vincent.
Bollinger spent three seasons as the Director of Player Development at High Point University from 2015-18. In his first season in 2015-16, the Panthers compiled a 21-11 overall record and won the Big South regular season championship thanks to a 13-5 league ledger. HPU went on to participate in the National Invitation Tournament in 2016. Bollinger helped in mentoring five all-conference players and four 1,000-point scorers at High Point, including 2016 Big South Player of the Year John Brown, who was also an honorable mention All-American. He was heavily involved in all day-to-day operations with the team, which included scouting, video breakdown, skill development, recruiting and game/practice plans.
Before his time at High Point, Bollinger spent one season in 2014-15 at Division III York College in Pennsylvania. At York, Bollinger served as the program's top assistant and recruiting coordinator while managing camps, operations, player development and serving as the staff's lead opponent scout. During his career, he has also worked with The Hoop Group in 2014-15 and 2018, assisting with camps, on-court coaching, and skill development.
Bollinger played collegiate basketball at Division III Delaware Valley College for two years before transferring to Division II Millersville University. He helped Delaware Valley to a Freedom Conference Championship and the program’s first trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2011. Bollinger averaged 8.6 points per game as a freshman before ranking second in the league at 18.1 points per game as a sophomore. As a team captain in 2012, Bollinger was named second team all-conference and also set a single-game school record with 50 points against Wilkes University on Jan. 28, 2012.
After two seasons at Delaware Valley, Bollinger transferred to Millersville where he averaged 5.4 points per game in helping the Marauders to a 32-25 record with two trips to the conference tournament. Bollinger was a team captain for MU as a senior and finished his collegiate career with 989 points. He earned his bachelor's degree from Millersville in psychology in 2014.