Kyle Brown, who served as the top assistant on St. Norbert College’s men’s basketball staff, was hired in July to take on the same role for coach Chad Murray’s Cornell Rams in 2013-14.
Brown, the lead recruiter for the Green Knights, helped guide the program to a glossy 96-31 record and three NCAA Division III Tournament appearances during his five seasons in De Pere, Wis. St. Norbert won Midwest Conference regular-season and tournament titles in 2010, 2011 and 2013.
“Kyle comes highly recommended and has an excellent reputation with coaches and colleagues that I have a lot of respect for,” Murray said. “Kyle is an extremely hard-working recruiter and an energetic and passionate coach. His knowledge of the Midwest Conference and his successful recruiting experience are just a few of the reasons why I felt Kyle was the best fit for this position moving forward. Our players will benefit greatly from Kyle’s experience at one of the truly elite programs in the Midwest Conference.”
Brown eyes an exciting opportunity in a Cornell program that returns all five starters from last season’s 8-15 squad that went 7-11 in the league. Cornell beat his Green Knights in last year’s MWC opener in Mount Vernon, one of only three league losses during St. Norbert’s championship run.
“There is a lot of talent on the current roster,” Brown said. “Cornell has been through the rebuilding and now has some expectations. Chad and I both have the same goals. We want to help the program reach the absolute peak. It’s been done before at Cornell, and I know we can get back there.”
Brown said Cornell’s academic reputation also influenced his move to Mount Vernon.
“You can genuinely say you received a world-class education at Cornell,” Brown added. “Cornell offers the complete student-athlete experience from academics to athletics to the social life. The ability to recruit nationally intrigued me as well.”
Brown’s first recruiting class at St. Norbert graduated as the winningest four-year class in school history. The Green Knights went 18-6 in Brown’s initial season, followed by a 23-4 campaign in which the team advanced to the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. In 2010-11, St. Norbert climbed as high as No. 6 in the D3hoops.com Top 25 Poll and finished 20-6. The team posted a 16-9 mark in 2011-12, and then made it back to nationals last season with a 20-6 record.
Brown, who started coaching at age 16, earned a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in 2009. He earned a master’s in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia Irvine (Calif.) University in 2011.
Brown was part of a record-setting turnaround in four years as a student assistant at UW-Parkside. The team notched its first winning season in 2006. The next year, the Rangers earned their first NCAA Division II Tournament berth and finished with a school-best 19 wins. UW-Parkside posted a third straight winning season in 2007-08.
While at UW-Parkside, Brown started and ran a successful AAU program in Wisconsin – Next Level Basketball – from 2005-08. At that time, he was the youngest director in the country. Brown had 40 players go on to play collegiately, including seven at the Division I level. His program produced state AAU champions in 2007 and 2008.
|1||Joshua Olberding||JR||G/F||6-2||175||Omaha, Neb.||Millard West|
|2||Reggie Greenwood||SR||G||5-8||160||Berkeley, Ill.||Timothy Christian|
|3||Peter Catchings||SO||G||6-4||195||Naperville, Ill.||Neuqua Valley|
|4||Ariel Sciammas||SR||G||5-11||175||Pleasanton, Calif.||Foothill|
|10||Preston Ganaway||JR||G||6-0||170||Aurora, Colo.||Smoky Hill|
|11||Tabari Carter||JR||G||6-0||160||Aurora, Colo.||Smoky Hill|
|12||Melvin Pierce||FR||G||6-2||175||Chicago, Ill.||St. Ignatius College Prep|
|13||Grant Anderson||FR||F||6-5||180||Homewood, Ill.||Homewood-Flossmoor|
|20||Tyrus Hartman||FR||F||6-4||185||Lanark, Ill.||Eastland|
|22||John Srodulski||SR||F||6-3||190||Kalamazoo, Mich.||Mattawan|
|23||Joey Guth||SR||F||6-1||180||Aurora, Ill.||Aurora Central|
|30||Alec Winzenried||SR||F||6-6||225||Green Bay, Wis.||Bay Port|
|40||Zach Pugh||FR||F||6-6||190||Naperville, Ill.||Neuqua Valley|
|42||Casey Dennis||JR||C||6-6||245||Sierra Vista, Ariz.||Buena|
|44||Nick Bobb||JR||F/C||6-7||220||Lake City, Minn.||Lincoln|
|MWC Tournament Semifinal|
|MWC Tournament Final|