ETBU Men’s Basketball Staff Update

Promoting from within his program, East Texas Baptist University head men’s basketball coach Brandon Curran has announced the staffing changes for the 2019-2020 season. Mitch Freeman has been promoted to Recruiting Coordinator and Assistant Coach, Dion Mack to Developmental Head Coach and varsity assistant, and Fletcher Forte to Director of Operations and added duties as a graduate assistant for both the varsity and developmental programs.

Freeman served as the developmental team head coach and assistant coach with varsity during the 2018-2019 season in his first season at ETBU. He came to ETBU after six seasons at Baylor University as a student and graduate assistant.

Curran says, “I am confident Mitch will do an outstanding job in his new role with our program. Mitch will be primarily responsible for all of our recruiting efforts, player development, academic monitoring of our varsity players, and assisting with game preparation.”

Mack has been promoted from graduate assistant coach to Developmental Head Coach and Varsity Assistant. Mack will be entering his second year on Curran’s staff and is a former ETBU player.

“Coach Mack will be responsible for every aspect of our Developmental Program and also take on a bigger role as an assistant coach and recruiter for varsity. Coach Mack has a great work ethic, builds relationships well, and loves to recruit. He will do a great job leading our Developmental Team and will be a key contributor to our varsity recruiting efforts, game preps, and player development,” said Curran.

Forte served as a graduate assistant coach this past season and will have increased responsibility for both the varsity and developmental programs serving as Director of Operations. He will assist with both the varsity and developmental teams as an assistant coach, academic mentor and recruiter. He also enters his second year on Curran’s staff after playing two years at ETBU.

“Fletcher is getting valuable hands on experience, as he finishes his master’s degree, in every area of our program. He’s got a great eye for talent and understands the game,” Curran says.

ETBU begins practice for the 2019-20 season on October 15. They open the season with an exhibition game at Grambling State University on November 6.

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