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Wright State's Hiring of Hoops Coach Brad Brownell '91 "A Coup": AP

Wright State's Hiring of Hoops Coach Brad Brownell '91 "A Coup": AP

September 22, 2006

Brad Brownell 2005.jpgSeptember 22, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - "This school is starting to believe that this is a place where you can win in basketball, and they want to win," says Brad Brownell, the new head men's basketball coach at Wright State University and 1991 graduate of DePauw University. An Associated Press story reports, "Hiring Brownell, former coach at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, was seen as a coup for Wright State. Under Brownell, the Seahawks went 83-40 over four seasons and twice won bids to the NCAA tournament."

James Hannah writes, "The 37-year-old Brownell was raised in basketball-crazy Indiana in a basketball family... Brownell played collegeBrad Brownell DePauw.jpg basketball at DePauw University, a Division III school in Greencastle, Ind. He was hired as a graduate assistant for coach Jim Crews at the University of Evansville the year the team went 24-6 and earned a bid to the NCAA tournament. He emphasizes man-to-man defense and a balanced scoring attack."

Wright State's upcoming season includes games with North Carolina and North Carolina State. "It's probably not really known right now as a basketball school," says Brownell of his new employer. "But the university has made a much greater commitment now."

DePaul University head coach Jerry Wainwright says of Brownell, "He's a really, really solid coach. One of his strengths was game preparation and player development. He loves the game, and he loves studying the game."

Read the complete story at the Web site of Ohio's Akron Beacon Journal.