Bob Bolen is in his third season with ETSU athletics, having joined the Buccaneers as an assistant basketball coach in June of 2013.
Prior to coming to Johnson City, Bolen spent 19 seasons as a highly successful Athletic Director and head coach at Mountain State University in Beckley, W.Va. During that time span, Bolen’s teams combined for an impressive 487-123 record and his squads consistently ranked as some of the country’s most offensively dynamic teams at the NAIA level.
Bolen arrived at Mountain State University in 1993 to rebuild an athletic program which had been terminated in 1977. Under his guidance, the Cougars rose to the top of the NAIA in basketball.
In 2004, MSU became National Champions with a 74-70 victory over California's Concordia University in the NAIA tournament. Bolen was named the 2004 NAIA National Coach of the Year, 2004 Basketball Times National Coach of the Year, and 2004 West Virginia AP College Coach of the Year. He was also named the 2010 NABC National Coach of the year.
Bolen also accumulated the best record of any college coach in the United States over the from 2003 to 2012, with a record of 308-42 (an 88 percent winning percentage). In all, Bolen's Cougars won 487 games in 18 seasons, averaging over 27 wins a year. MSU had the best record, 38-1, of any college team in the country during the 2003-04 campaign.
Bolen, who graduated from Bluefield State College (‘86) and later earned a master’s in communications from West Virginia University (’93), is married to the former Lisa Toler. They have 3 children; Katie (17), Jaysen (14), and Andrew (12).