CALIFORNIA – Bill Brown’s basketball coaching staff won’t have much of a new look afterall.
Even though, Brown was left without any assistants following the 2000-2001 season when Shaka Smart and Dave Spring took other positions, two of his aides are no strangers.
Jamie Harless, who was a California graduate assistant and part-time aide between 1996 and 1999, is returning after spending the past two years as head coach at NCAA Division III Kenyon College in Gambler, OH.
Harless will be top assistant in charge of scouting and recruiting and run individual practices.
He’s looking forward to being reunited with Brown, his college coach four years at Kenyon.
‘Even though I’m going from head coach to assistant this will be a step up,’ Harless said. ‘California has one of the better Division II programs.’
‘This is really a good move for me coaching wise,’ Harless continued. ‘California gives you a lot of support for athletics and academics.’
A holder of four Kenyon records for three-point shooting, Harless went 9-16 the past season after a 6-19 mark in his rookie campaign.
‘I’m thrilled to have Jamie back,’ Brown said. ‘He has progressed so much over the past several years.’
Also coming back is three-year starter and captain Cort Hamilton as the Vulcans’ grad assistant.
Hamilton led the Vulcans in assists the last two years and averaged 29 minutes last year following a team-leading 30 minutes as a junior.
Rounding out the staff will be Aundrey Wright, an assistant the past year at Erskine College in Due West, SC.
Before going to Erskine the past season, Wright was the assistant basketball coach and sports information director at St. Louis Community College-Meramac in Missouri three years.
The St. Louis team went 64-34 with one National Junior College Athletic Association tourney appearance one Region 16 title.
Wright was also an assistant three years at Carbondale (Ill,) Community College.
The two California openings came about when Springer took the head post at Shippensburg and Smart went to NCAA Division 1 Dayton as an aide.
‘We’ve put together a young, quality coaching staff,’ said Brown, whose five-year coaching record with the Vulcans is 104-38. ‘Jamie and Aundrey have vast experience and are dedicated coaches and students of the game of basketball.
‘Both bring a great deal to our program and will have a profound influence on our players,’ Brown added.