Matt Figger • Head Coach
Thursday, April 6, 2017, Matt Figger was introduced as the 12th head men's basketball coach in Austin Peay State University history.
Figger came to Austin Peay on the heels of a whirlwind Final Four run as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator under Frank Martin at South Carolina. The Gamecocks were the East Region champion, taking down Marquette, Duke, Baylor and Florida on the way to Phoenix.
After arriving at South Carolina in 2012, Figger assisted Martin in the revival of a program that hadn't enjoyed a 20-win season since 2008-09, had not advanced to an NCAA Tournament since 2003-04 and had not won an NCAA Tournament game since 1973. After winning 14 games the first two seasons in Columbia, Figger and Co. broke .500 for the first time in 2014-15, finishing 17-16, then won 25 games and reached as high as No. 19 in the Associated Press Top-25 poll last season.
Nikita Johnson • (Assistant Coach)
A veteran coach with experience at every level of college basketball, Nikita Johnson was hired in June 2019 as an assistant coach on the Austin Peay State University men's basketball coaching staff.
Johnson is a 30-year veteran of the collegiate coaching ranks, with Austin Peay representing his third stop in the Ohio Valley Conference. His first Division I coaching job came at Murray State, where was an assistant from 1993-95; he also served at Tennessee State in 1998. Other Division I stops on Johnson's coaching journey have included Duquesne (1995-98), New Orleans (1998-2004), LSU (2004-07), Louisiana Tech (2007-10), Louisiana Lafayette (2010-12), Stetson (2013-17) and Western Kentucky, where he spent the last two seasons.
He began his career at Chipola College in 1981, where he was part of six conference titles, before serving two seasons at West Georgia and two more at Odessa College before breaking into the Division I ranks.
Johnson was part of John Brady's LSU staff from 2004-07 which included an SEC West title and a Final Four appearance in 2006. He's proven he can develop players for the next level, with over 50 players going on to professional careers, including NBA players Glen Davis, Brandon Bass, Tyrus Thomas, Mike James, Anthony Randolph and Elfrid Payton.
A native of Greenwood, Fla., Johnson earned region, all-county, and all-district honors at Marianna High School. He helped his team go 76-10 in three seasons, including two runner-up finishes in the state playoffs in 1977 and 1978. Johnson earned his Associate of Arts degree at Chipola College in 1981, and his Bachelor of Arts at West Georgia in 1989.
Darryl Dora • (Assistant Coach)
To round out his staff for the 2019-20 Governors, head coach Matt Figger is turning to a man who was a graduate assistant for the 2019 NCAA Tournament runners-up at Texas Tech in Darryl Dora.
Dora spent the last three seasons as a graduate assistant with the Red Raiders, culminating in their National Championship appearance in 2019. A confidence-boosting presence on the sidelines, Dora was instrumental in working with Texas Tech's post players and aided in the skill development that saw both Zhaire Smith (2018) and Jarrett Culver (2019) taken in the first round of the NBA Draft.
A four-year letterman for the Red Raiders from 2003-07, Dora helped lead Texas Tech to a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2005 and is best remembered for a game-winning three-pointer that toppled second-ranked Kansas in a double-overtime thriller in 2005—earning him the nickname, "Kansas Killer."
Dora played overseas for seven seasons following his collegiate career, last in Japan, before returning to his alma mater.
Treis Huggins • (Video Coordinator)
A longtime asset to head coach Matt Figger at South Carolina, Treis Huggins has ascended to the role of video coordinator for the 2018-19 season after serving as the team's graduate assistant his first year in Clarksville.
Huggins spent two seasons prior to coming to Austin Peay as the head student manager at South Carolina, supervising 10 other managers and assisting the coaching staff with camps, recruiting visits, film, gameplans, travel and practice operations. Huggins was part of the staff that went to the 2017 NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Final Four, working with Gamecock standouts Sindarius Thornwell, PJ Dozier and Michael Carrera, among others.
On the summer camp circuit, was on the camp staff at South Carolina, Syracuse, North Carolina State and Georgia State, assisting campers and learning from Division I head coaches.
He graduated from South Carolina in 2017 with a degree in Sport and Entertainment Management. He also spent two seasons at North Greenville University, first as a student-athlete then as a student-assistant for the men's basketball team.
As Austin Peay State University head men’s basketball coach Matt Figger rounded out his coaching staff, an important piece to the puzzle was added in Sergio Rouco, who became the third full-time assistant to join Figger’s first staff at APSU.
Rouco was last at South Florida, where he spent three seasons as an assistant for Orlando Antigua and Murry Bartow. It was just the latest stop in a 25-year career spanning the prep, collegiate and international professional scene.
Rouco broke into collegiate coaching at Florida International as an assistant, serving four seasons (1987-91) and returning to FIU as an assistant from 2000-2003.
He spent a season with Billy Gillespie at UTEP in 2003-04, helping the Miners win 24 games and advance to the NCAA Tournament.