Melvin Haralson completed his 10th season at the University of Houston in 2009-10 and his sixth as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator.
During his last six seasons, Haralson helped guide the Cougars to more than 120 wins and four postseason tournaments. Three of his last six recruiting classes were nationally ranked among the nation's Top 35 schools. The Cougars were ranked No. 35 in the spring of 2004, No. 15 in 2004-05 and No. 24 in 2005-06.
In 2008-09, Haralson helped lead the Cougars - who were picked seventh in the Conference USA Coaches Preseason Poll - to a fourth-place finish and the team's fourth postseason appearance in the last five seasons. The Cougars also won at least 18 games for the fifth straight season, the first time in UH history that feat was accomplished.
UH finished second in the league in scoring margin, and Haralson's defense limited opponents to only 41.4 percent shooting from the field, third best in the league. The Cougars finished with a 21-12 overall record to mark the fifth straight season that the program won at least 18 games, a first in school history.
In 2007-08, the Cougars finished with a 24-10 record and advanced to the semifinals of the inaugural College Basketball Invitational. It was the most wins for the Cougars since 1992 and the first time the program enjoyed multiple postseason victories since 1984.
In 2005-06, the Cougars won back-to-back games over nationally ranked teams for the first time since 1984 and won 21 games for the first time since 1992-93 as well. Three years ago, he helped the Cougars win 18 games and play in a postseason tournament for the first time in three years.
Haralson came to Houston as an administrative assistant in 2000, a position he held for one year, and was named the director of men's basketball operations in 2001 before being promoted to assistant coach the following season.
Haralson served two seasons as an assistant coach on Houston's staff before Penders was named head coach, after which he was promoted to his current position.
Haralson was a successful recruiter at each of his last two stops before arriving at Houston in 2000. He helped North Texas sign one of the nation's Top-21 classes and the Southwest Region's best recruiting class in 1998.
Haralson was an assistant coach on Tom Penders' staff at Texas from 1990-95. While there, the Longhorns won three Southwest Conference championships and earned four berths to the NCAA Tournament.
Before he joined Houston's staff, Haralson was an assistant coach at North Texas for five seasons prior to his tenure at Texas.
Haralson began his coaching career as a student coach at Auburn, his alma mater, in 1988 and helped lead the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 only one year later.
He began his collegiate career at Lon Morris Junior College in Texas, where he earned All-America honors in 1984-85. After transferring to Auburn in 1985-86, he was a member of the Tiger team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight and defeated UNLV in Houston's Compaq Center.
Before he began his coaching career, Haralson was an All-America Honorable-Mention high school player at perennial powerhouse Murrah High in Jackson, Miss.
He earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1989 and was invited to the Los Angeles Clippers' training camp before beginning his coaching career.
He and his wife, Tonia, have a son, Isaiah.