Brown’s T.J. Sorrentine departs for assistant job with NBA’s Washington Wizards

Brown University associate head coach T.J. Sorrentine was named an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). 

Sorrentine spent 16 seasons at Brown and was named the associate head coach in 2011.

“It is hard to put into words the impact T.J. has had on Brown Basketball during his time as a coach,” said Men’s Basketball Head Coaching Chair Mike Martin ’04. “His commitment to and service of everyone associated with this program has exceeded what anyone could have hoped. It is a monumental change for our program and a tremendous gain for the Washington Wizards. I have grown as a leader, teacher, and human because of T.J. I am forever indebted to him for his incredible loyalty to me, and he will forever be part of the Brown Basketball family. Ever True!”

As a member of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame, T.J. Sorrentine’s coaching was instrumental in developing players like Sean McGonagill ’13 and JR Hobbie ’17, who set records at Brown. His work with Kino Lilly Jr. ’25, a back-to-back First Team All-Ivy selection, further underscores his impact on the team.

“First off, I would like to Thank Coach Martin. Without him, none of this would be possible. To all the current and former players I have coached, thank you for impacting my life. To the Brown administration, your unwavering support for our program and our quest for a championship has been amazing. I will miss this place dearly, but it will always be a big part of me and my family!” 

Before the 2023-24 season, T.J. Sorrentine was already recognized as one of the top up-and-coming coaches in the country, setting the stage for his future achievements in the coaching arena. 

A 2005 graduate of Vermont with a B.A. in sociology, Sorrentine was a two-year captain, America East Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year, a three-time First Team All-conference player, and an Honorable Mention All-American. He appeared on the America East Academic Honor Roll in 2002 and 2003. The point guard led Vermont to two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2004 and 2005 and hit the game-winning three-point basket that crushed the Syracuse Orangemen in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the DCU Center in Worcester.

Sorrentine played professionally from 2005-2008, playing with Kk Krka in Slovenia, FC Porto in Portugal, Branca Nouvo Trapani in Italy, and the Florida Flame of the NBA Developmental League. He also played in the NBA Summer League with the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks. In October 2019, Sorrentine’s number 11 was raised to the Patrick Gymnasium rafters in an exhibition between Brown and Vermont.

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