Conner Hampton enters his third season as an assistant coach with UMKC in 2017-18. He was promoted for the fourth time in four years in 2015 into his current role. Previously, he served as director of basketball operations, graduate assistant and manager since joining the program before the 2011-12 season.
In his current role, Hampton is responsible for on-court coaching, recruiting, scouting opponent tendencies and numerous other daily functions within the program. He has previously led team travel, community relations, film exchange, film editing and practice preparation.
Hampton helped guide the 2016-17 UMKC squad to the second-most victories in a season (18) in school history. The Roos were selected for a postseason tournament for the first time in the program's 30-year Division I history, which included a victory over Green Bay in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational. In 2016-17, UMKC set program records for points (2,691), field goals (911), rebounds (1,213), defensive rebounds (860), 3-pointers (315) and free throws (554). The Roos finished second in team history in assists (451) and third in steals (236). UMKC posted the longest winning streak for the program in 12 years from Jan. 31 – Feb. 18, 2017. The Roos got off to the program's best start in 15 years and advanced to the semifinals of the WAC Tournament for the third straight year.
Senior guard LaVell “Pep” Boyd was named first-team All-WAC after becoming the first 2-year junior college transfer in program history to join the 1,000-Point Club. Boyd also earned second-team all-district recognition from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
The 2015-16 team started the season with their best nonconference performances since 2010-11, winning seven games, including a home victory over Mississippi State and against NCAA Tournament participant South Dakota State. Boyd added a scoring punch to the lineup, being named to the WAC All-Newcomer Team, hitting 81 threes. The Roos won a quarterfinal game for the second year in a row in the WAC Tournament, the first time since 2003 and 2004 that UMKC has done it in back to back seasons.
As a collegiate basketball player, Hampton finished his career at Tabor College (Kan.) and also played at Highland Community College for one season. After his playing days concluded, he served as the head junior varsity coach and second assistant on the varsity team at Tabor. His duties included preparing practice plans, doing game preparation, and maintaining day-to-day operations.
In high school, he attended Kapaun Mt. Carmel in Wichita, Kansas, during his freshman and sophomore years, playing football, basketball and baseball. He transferred to Oxford (Kan.) High school for his junior and senior seasons, and played three sports there as well. Oxford went 18-4 in basketball during his time there, as he led the league in points per game (21.8) and assists in 2007. He was a first-team all-league and coaches all-state selection. He led Oxford to the SCBL regular season and tournament championships. His team was ranked No. 1 in Class 2A during the month of January.
A native of Wichita, Hampton graduated from Tabor College with a bachelor's degree in Physical Education in May 2011. He earned his master's degree in Education at UMKC.