Howlett Adds Ervin to WLU Basketball Staff

West Liberty University head men’s basketball coach Ben Howlett has welcomed Brett Ervin to the Hilltopper coaching staff as an assistant coach.
“I’ve known Brett for several years, both as a player and a coach,” Howlett said. “He’s a West Virginia native who has played and coached against us so he’s very familiar with the great tradition of West Liberty basketball.
“Brett is a really impressive young coach and a high-energy hard-working guy who will be a great asset to the Hilltopper program and the university as we continue to build on that tradition.”
Ervin comes to the hilltop after spending the last two seasons as a graduate assistant for head coach Patrick Beilein at NCAA Division II Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y.
Ervin filled a key role on Beilein’s staff this winter as the Dolphins won the Northeast-10 Southwest Division title and hosted the NCAA Division II East Regional Tournament as the No. 1-ranked team in the East Region.
“Being from Clarksburg and having played and coached against West Liberty at West Virginia Wesleyan and Le Moyne, I was very familiar with the incredible success of West Liberty basketball,” Ervin said.
“Ben and I had run into each other several times on the recruiting trail and he made quite an impression on me both as an outstanding recruiter and as a quality person so when he called and offered me this opportunity, I didn’t hesitate for a second.”
After playing three years of NCAA Division I basketball at Elon (N.C.), the 6-7 Ervin played one season for Beilein at West Virginia Wesleyan, averaging 12.5 ppg. while ranking among the Mountain East Conference leaders with 92 3-point field goals for a 20-win Bobcat team.
He signed with Elon following an all-state high school career at R.C. Byrd HS in Clarksburg, averaging double-figures every year and setting the school’s all-time scoring record.
“Ben and I share many of the same goals and aspirations,” Ervin said. “I want to be a college head coach someday and I know there’s a lot I can learn from Ben that will help me achieve that goal. This is a great program with a great tradition and I’m really looking forward to being a part of it.”
Ervin holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from West Virginia Wesleyan and earned a master’s degree in Sports Management from West Virginia University. He is currently finishing work on his master’s in Business Administration from Le Moyne.

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