HoopDirt.com news sponsored by Dr. Dish
With the 205-16 season around the corner, University at Albany men’s basketball head coach Will Brown has promoted former director of basketball operations Jared Knotts to assistant coach. A former graduate assistant for the Danes, Simon Clement replaces Knotts to take over operations duties.
Knotts enters his first season as an assistant coach after serving four years as the director of operations under Will Brown. A four-year member of the Purple & Gold from 2003-06, Knotts will assist Brown in all facets of the program, including recruiting, player development, scouting opponents and academic advising for men’s basketball student-athletes.
In his four years with the program, Knotts has served as an academic advisor for select players. He also coordinated the Will Brown Basketball Camp and annual men’s basketball golf outing. The point person for travel logistics and administrative duties, Knotts has helped the Danes to three consecutive America East titles. A native of San Bernardino, California, Knotts rounds out the coaching staff that already includes fellow men’s basketball alum Jon Iati and Josh Pelletier.
“Jared deserves this opportunity and I am confident that he is ready for the challenge,” said Brown. “He understands how we run our program and what is necessary for our program to sustain continued success on the court and in the classroom. I am confident that Jared will continue to have a positive impact on our program.”
Clement returns to the UAlbany staff after spending one season as an assistant coach at Sullivan County Community College. He worked alongside former Great Dane standout Brent Wilson for the 2014-15 campaign, coordinating the daily operations of the team as well as recruiting visits and team study hall. Clement had an instrumental role in a 16-week run for the Generals in the NJCAA Division III Top-10 national poll.
Before his stint at SCCC, Clement spent four seasons with the Purple & Gold as graduate assistant and video coordinator. He oversaw film exchange and breakdown, practice, and developed a statistical database for the coaching staff. While working for the team, he earned an MBA in 2012 and began a Doctorate program in philosophy. Clement was also an adjunct professor in the UAlbany MBA program and with undergraduate business students.
“Simon did a terrific job for us as our video coordinator before he had the opportunity to work for one of my former players Brent Wilson at SCCC,” added Brown. “This should be a smooth transition for Simon as he has a strong understanding of how we operate as a program. I am confident that Simon will help our program run in an efficient and effective manner.”