A member of the University of Mount Olive men’s basketball coaching staff since 1999, Joey Higginbotham was named head men’s basketball coach in May 2008. He succeeded Bill Clingan, who retired from coaching after 19 years as the Trojans’ head coach.
The 2018-19 season marks Higginbotham's 20th season with the Trojans and 11th as the programs head coach.
Mount Olive rebounded from the previous season to finish third in the conference standings as the Trojans posted a 13-6 conference mark and a 17-13 overall tally. Junior Jamaal Matin was named Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the Year for his performance on the court as a leader and athlete under Higginbotham's guidance.
The Trojans followed their record-breaking season by going 17-13 overall and 11-9 in conference action over the 2015-16 action. Higginbotham led his program to the quarterfinals of the Conference Carolinas tournament where they fell to top-seeded King University. Forward Dominique Reed earned the title of Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the Year for his performance on the court throughout the season.
Higginbotham guided Mount Olive to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight for the second time in school history and the Trojans' first-ever 30-win season in 2014-15. Mount Olive posted a 31-4 record and won the Conference Carolinas regular season title with a 19-1 mark.
Mount Olive won the 2015 NCAA II Southeast Regional as the No. 4 seed, defeating top-seeded Lincoln Memorial 75-55 in the semifinal round and rallying from a 13-point second half deficit for an 82-75 victory over No. 2 seed Montevallo in the Championship Game. Kendall Hargrove was named MVP of the regional.
The Trojans' 9-0 start in 2014-15 was the best in school history. Mount Olive also compiled a school record 17-game winning streak during the season. The Trojans also appeared on national television for the second time in school history in 2014-15. Mount Olive's January 3 game at King University was the Division II Game of the Week on CBS Sports Network.
A school-record six Trojans averaged in double figures in scoring and Mount Olive ranked 10th in the nation in assists per game. Mount Olive was ranked as high as No. 7 in the national polls, the Trojans' first top 10 national ranking since the 2005-06 season.
Higginbotham was named Conference Carolinas Men's Basketball Coach of the Year in 2014-15, the second straight year. Higginbotham has won conference coach of the year honors in four of his first seven years as head coach.
Higginbotham was named 2008-09 and 2009-10 Conference Carolinas Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year, becoming the first coach in school history to earn conference coach of the year honors in each of their first two years. Higginbotham was also selected as 2009-10 NABC Division II Men’s Basketball Southeast Region Coach of the Year.
Cornelius Snow joined the University of Mount Olive men's basketball coaching staff in April 2016. The 2018-19 season marks Snow's third season as an assistant coach.
The Trojans rebounded during Snow's second year as an assistant coach to finish the season 17-12 and 13-6 for a third place spot in the conference standings. UMO's defense was a constant force throughout the season that came full circle when junior Jamaal Matin earned recognition at the end of the season as the Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the Year.
In his first season as an assistant coach, Snow helped the Trojans finish in the top-eight of the Conference Carolinas standings finishing the season with an 8-12 conference mark. Under Snow's guidance, sophomore Jamaal Matin was named to the third-team all-conference despite the teams 9-20 overall record.
A native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Snow came to Mount Olive after a three-year stint as assistant coach at Averett University following his four-year playing career at N.C. Wesleyan College. While at N.C. Wesleyan Snow played for David Doino, an assistant coach at N.C. Wesleyan, who became the Averett head coach.
While at Averett, Snow helped coached the Cougars to a 45-35 overall record and a 26-16 conference mark in three seasons as an assistant men's basketball coach. Snow helped coach the Cougars to the USA South Conference tournament semifinals during the 2016-17 season. The Cougars ended the year 12-15 overall and 9-5 against conference foes.
During the 2015-16 season, Snow helped guide Averett to a 15-11 overall record and a 6-8 mark in conference action. He helped produce four USA South All-Conference selections, including two USA South First Team performers.
In 2014-15 his team went 18-9 overall and 11-5 in conference action while claiming the USA South Conference regular season championship title.
In addition to coaching basketball, Snow was named the head coach of Averett's men's and women's cross country programs in July of 2015. Under the direction of Snow, the Averett University men's cross country team claimed fifth place at the USA South Conference Championship while the women's team took the eighth place. Two of his student-athletes, one male and one female, were named to the USA South Conference All-Sportsmanship Team following the 2015 cross country season.
As a men's basketball student-athlete for the Battling Bishops, Snow was a member of N.C. Wesleyan's back-to-back USA South Conference championship teams, including being a captain on the 2010-11 squad.
Snow also succeeded in the classroom, earning USA South Academic All-Conference honors in three times. He also was a member of the 2011-12 National Association of Basketball Coaches All-Academic Team.
Snow graduated from N.C. Wesleyan in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in accounting and business. He also earned his master's degree in business administration from Averett in 2015.