Camp Coaching Staff

Mark Vanderslice, Head Men's Basketball Coach

Mark Vanderslice begins his first year as the head men's basketball coach at USC Aiken.

Vanderslice comes to USC Aiken after spending the last five years as the head coach at Louisburg Junior College in Louisburg, NC. He guided his team to a 152-20 record, including a 94-11 mark during conference play. Vanderslice led his program to a top-eight finish in the final national polls each season. During the 2012-13 season his team posted a 35-2 record, the most wins in school history and finished No. 1 in the final national polls.

During the 2010-11 campaign, he guided the program to a 21-0 mark during the conference portion of the schedule while coaching NJCAA first-team All-American Jeremy Atkinson.

Vanderslice coached 15 all-conference student-athletes and was the District 15 Coach of the Year three times. His team won five straight regular-season conference championships and notched three straight tournament championships.

Prior to his arrival at Louisburg Junior College, Vanderslice was an assistant coach at Furman from 2008-10. He was in charge of recruiting and scouted all opponents. Vanderslice was responsible for scouting reports and film breakdown for players. He also conducted individual workouts for his players.

Vanderslice was at Toledo from 2004-08. He was the Head of Basketball Operations from 2004-06 prior to serving as an assistant coach from 2006-08. He was responsible for recruiting and scouting opponents. He signed multiple three-star athletes during his time. Vanderslice helped guide the program to two West Division titles and the 2007 MAC title with a 14-2 mark. He also ran Toledo’s Team Basketball Camps. Vanderslice advised, tutored and monitored players with individual classes, helping the team have the No. 3 APR among Division I schools.

He was at Heidelberg from 2002-04 as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Vanderslice helped land the No. 1 recruiting class in the OAC during his second season. He conducted individual workouts for his players and assisted with practice while also assisting with in-game decisions and adjustments.

From 2000-02, Vanderslice was the Head of Basketball Operations at UNC Asheville. He was in charge of all student assistants and their jobs. Vanderslice prepared practice arrangements at home sites and managed all facets of exchanging DVD’s and videos of opponents’ game film. He produced team highlight tapes for recruits and assessed player profiles of potential recruits.

Vanderslice earned his bachelor of science in business administration in 2002 from UNC Asheville where he was a member of the men’s basketball program. He earned his MBA from Heidelberg in 2004.

Jakob Gollon, Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

Jakob Gollon is in his first year as an assistant coach at USC Aiken.

Gollon comes to USC Aiken after spending a season as an assistant basketball coach at Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He helped guide the Pointers to a 27-5 record and the NCAA Division III National Championship.  UW-Stevens Point went 14-1 in the WIAC, claiming the regular-season championship. Gollon worked with five all-conference performers and two defensive all-conference players.

Gollon was a recruiting coordinator and also served as an academic advisor. The 2014-15 team carried a 3.48 GPA, which marked the highest GPA in the program’s history. Every student-athlete on the team had over a 3.0 GPA.

Gollon was a four-time team captain at Mercer. He led the program to a pair of Atlantic Sun Conference regular-season championships and the 2014 tournament title. During his time with the Bears, Gollon amassed a program-record 99 wins. Gollon was a part of the three winningest seasons in Mercer history and led the team to three postseason appearances.

In 2012, Gollon helped the team claim the CIT Championship. In 2014, he guided the squad to the NIT round of 16. During his final season with Mercer, Gollon carried the No. 14 Bears past No. 3 Duke, 78-71, marking one of the biggest upsets in NCAA Tournament history. In the win over the Blue Devils, Gollon led Mercer with a team-high 20 points, a team-best five rebounds and two of the squad’s three steals.  

Gollon was a five-time Atlantic Sun academic all-conference selection and was tabbed the A-Sun Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2014. A two-time Capital One academic all-district honoree, Gollon was honored at the Final Four in 2013 as part of the NABC Allstate Good Works Team. He was a four-year representative on S.A.A.C.

Gollon graduated with a bachelor of arts in communications from Mercer in 2012. He earned his Master of Education in 2014 from Mercer.