Men’s Hoops Introduces Todd Shelton As Director Of Operations
Tony Benford Adds Experienced High School Coach To Staff
DENTON - North Texas men’s basketball coach Tony Benford has announced the addition of Todd Shelton to the Mean Green coaching staff. Shelton will take over as director of basketball operations and will be responsible for the day-to-day workings of the team.
Shelton’s role with the Mean Green hoops squad will be his first in collegiate athletics, and he will be in charge of travel, budgeting, camps and other logistical details of the men’s basketball team. He comes to North Texas after serving as the head men’s basketball coach at Haltom High School for three seasons.
Prior to taking over at Haltom, Shelton was the head coach at Gatesville High School where he led the Fighting Hornets to a second-place district finish and the 2011 state playoffs. His coaching career began within Crowley ISD as he worked under North Crowley head coach Tom Brakel.
A student of basketball, Shelton has worked in many facets of the game. From 2005 to 2006, Shelton worked in the front office for the Cleveland Cavaliers, where his main responsibilities included scouting and preparing for the NBA Draft. He also coached for a four-year stint with the Dallas Showtyme of the AAU basketball program, giving him ties to a number of coaches throughout the DFW area.
“I am honored to join the Mean Green family,” Shelton said. “I would like to thank Coach Benford and Mr. Villareal for this amazing opportunity. It has been a lifelong dream to have a career in college athletics, and I cannot think of a better place for this journey to begin than the University of North Texas.”
Shelton received a bachelor’s degree in education from Texas Wesleyan University after lettering with the school’s basketball team. He also gained a master’s degree in special education from St. John’s University while serving as a graduate assistant for a Red Storm team that made the 2002 NCAA Tournament.
Shelton is single and has two brothers, Terry and Trent Shelton. A family of athletes, Terry played basketball at UTSA and football at North Texas. Brother Trent went on to play three years in the National Football League.