Tony Delk begins his second season as an assistant coach with the New Mexico State men's basketball team in 2012-13. His main responsibilities include scouting, game preparation, on-court instruction and recruiting.
In Delk's first season on the NM State sidelines, he helped the Aggies win the 2012 WAC Tournament Championship and earn their 19th NCAA Tournament appearance. NM State finished the season with a 26-10 record and the most wins in a single-season since the 1992-93 season. The Aggies ranked No. 3 in rebounding margin (+8.5), No. 11 in scoring offense (78.1 points per game), No. 25 in field goal percentage (47.4 percent) and No. 27 in scoring margin (+9.8) in the NCAA. NM State also ranked first in the WAC in scoring offense, scoring margin, rebounding margin and 3-point field goal percent defense (32.3 percent).
Delk joined the Aggies as an assistant coach in July 2011. He arrived in Las Cruces after two seasons at Kentucky as the assistant director of basketball operations. He helped the Wildcats to a 2011 Final Four appearance, 2010 Elite Eight finish, SEC Championship and SEC Tournament Championship. Delk began his coaching career as an assistant coach for the Carolina Gigantes a team in the National Superior Basketball league in Puerto Rico.
As a player at Kentucky, Delk was a second team AP All-American in 1996 after leading the Wildcats to the 1996 NCAA National Championship. He is UK's all-time leader in 3-point field goals made (283) and ranks fifth on the all-time scoring list with 1,890 career points. He led the Wildcats in scoring as a sophomore, junior and senior and concluded his career with a NCAA title game record seven 3-pointers to earn Final Four MVP honors.
As the 16th pick of the Charlotte Hornets, he spent 10 years in the NBA including stints with Golden State, Sacramento, Phoenix, Boston, Dallas, Atlanta and Detroit. As a member of the Phoenix Suns, he scored a career-high 53 points against the Sacramento Kings, Jan. 2, 2001. He ended his career with 4,957 points and averaged 9.1 points per game. Delk also played internationally in Greece and helped Panathinaikos win the Euroleague Championship in 2006-07.
Delk earned a bachelor's degree in communication in 1996 from Kentucky. He has three daughters, Taylor, Bella and Trinity. In 2005, Delk founded the Taylor Delk Sickle Cell Foundation. The non-profit organization, named after Tony's daughter, Taylor, who has sickle cell disease, is dedicated to improving the life for children and families affected by the sickle cell disease.