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This is the third in a series of features with the RedHawk men's basketball staff by Miami University staff writer Peter Marx.

OXFORD, Ohio - First-year Miami University men's basketball assistant coach Sheldon Everett brings a passionate and energetic personality to the 2012-13 coaching staff.

"I'm an intense guy," he said. "Coach (John) Cooper is laid back and I'm kind of like a little Pitbull. I've been small my whole life and when you are undersized, in order to survive you kind of have to be in attack mode. I'm always looking to help a guy get better. I don't want my players to take the easy way out."

Everett, a native of Lexington, S.C., brings five years of coaching experience to Miami, as he previously held positions at Tennessee State University and at his alma mater the University of South Carolina.

He served as an assistant coach for the Tennessee State women's program for one season (2008-09), before joining Cooper on the men's staff for the following three seasons (2009-12). Everett, who played point guard for South Carolina, started his coaching career in 2007, serving as the Gamecocks' director of game operations.

For the RedHawks, Everett will coach the guards, as well as be an integral part in the recruiting process. He will also serve as one of the team's academic advisors.

"He's someone that's obviously very familiar with this area from a recruiting perspective," Cooper said. "He's done a tremendous job on the recruiting front and he has that youthful exuberance. He's ready to go at all times."

Everett, 30, says he likes the attitude, energy and effort of this year's team. The players have responded well to the new coaching staff and are excited about the up-tempo style of play they are implementing.

"Our guard play right now is solid," Everett said. "We have to continue to get better in several areas. One of the challenges right now is getting them conformed to the style of play. By that I mean we are playing faster, so the decision-making has to be quicker."

The young coach is excited about his new role at Miami and, like the rest of the coaching staff, Everett believes he can help the RedHawks build on their long-lasting winning tradition.

"We are not selling a dream here. We can sell reality," he said. "It's a place where it can be done."

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