Yes, but they do not become lifers at that school. They get experience and move on as Hc's somewhere. They also do not bring them in for their 1st college coaching job as 40+ yr olds either.
Look at Duke's assistants......outside of Capel he has Nate James (former player no other experience elsewhere), Jon Scheyer (former player no other experience elsewhere) and Nolan Smith (former player no other experience).
Kansas, while they don't have many players they have a lot of lifers as assistant coaches outside of their lead assistant (much like arkansas). He also has two coaches (Director of Ops and Video Coord) that are former players.
I could go on and on. Again, you see a lot of successful coaches hire former players, people that have been around that system. You typically see, as in our case as well, where the Associate Head Coach has prior head coaching experience and in some cases hadn't coached with you prior. That's the case with Coach Watkins.