OXFORD, Ohio— Head coach of the Miami University men's basketball team Travis Steele announced today that Elijah Pennington was promoted to assistant coach. Pennington joined Steele's program in August 2022 as a graduate education assistant through the McLendon Minority Leadership Initiative (MLI).

“I am very honored that Coach Steele is giving me this opportunity,” said Pennington. “Miami is a special place and I am glad I can continue to help the young men in our program develop both on and off the field.”

Pennington manages numerous aspects of the men's basketball program, primarily serving as a mentor to student-athletes. He also assists with recruiting efforts, player development, team travel, video, scouting, equipment organization and several other tasks.

“Elijah has been an integral part of our rebuild here in Miami,” Steele said. “He is fully committed to making our guys better and he knows exactly how we want things done. Continuity is extremely important in this landscape. He is more than deserving of this promotion. We are lucky to have him!”

Pennington was Miami University's first “Future Leader” as part of the McLendon Minority Leadership Initiative. The McLendon Minority Leadership Initiative is a coach-led initiative that helps college graduates from diverse backgrounds jumpstart their careers through hands-on experiences and network-building opportunities while instilling John McLendon's values ​​of integrity, education, leadership and mentorship. Participants in the initiative are known as MLI Future Leaders.

Pennington came to Miami after spending last season as a student assistant coach at IUPUI. While at IUPUI, Pennington compiled scouting reports, analyzed game film, created recruiting graphics, and assisted the Director of Basketball Operations with travel and meal plans. He also served as an assistant coach at Grand Park Premier for two years (2019-21) and head coach in 2021. Pennington also gained experience playing college basketball for Defiance College in his freshman year.

Pennington graduated from IUPUI with a bachelor's degree in liberal arts in 2022.

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