Cornell staff update

Second-year assistant coach Jon Jaques ’10 has been promoted on head coach Bill Courtney’s staff, while David Metzendorf returns and newcomer Brendan Dodge joins the staff for his first season in 2014-15. The staff shifts were necessitated when former assistant coach Mike Blaine recently accepted the head coaching job at Division III Medaille College in Buffalo.

Jaques, a hard working former captain who was a starter on the 2009-10 Big Red squad that won an Ivy League title and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16, returns for his second year on the Cornell coaching staff. He will have responsibilities in all aspects of the program, from recruiting to scheduling. Jaques previously spent a year as a graduate manager at Ivy rival Columbia, and a year as an assistant coach at Stevens Institute. He played one season in the Israeli Premier League following graduation. Jaques will be responsible for game and practice planning, alumni relations and other duties.

Metzendorf returns for a second year on Courtney’s full-time staff, but his first year as an assistant coach. He spent the 2013-14 season serving as a Special Assistant to the Head Coach here he was in charge of many of the behind-the-scenes tasks, from acting as film coordinator to handling all aspects of team travel. Metzendorf briefly served as assistant coach at Williams College under former Cornell captain Kevin App ’07 before returning to East Hill. Metzendorf will be responsible for game and practice planning, recruiting and working with the backcourt.

Dodge slides into Metzendorf’s previous role as Special Assistant to the Head Coach. A 2013 graduate of Drexel with a degree in sport management, Dodge served as a student manager for the Dragons for two seasons. He has also worked as a sales intern with the Philadelphia 76ers. Dodge served as an assistant basketball coach with the AAU Westchester Hawks and as a camp director’s assistant for the Hoop Group. He most recently worked for Cambium, LLC, a financial advising firm.

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