Brooklyn College Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Rich Micallef, recently announced the promotion of longtime assistant and former BC standout guard, Jeff Jean-Baptiste, from Assistant Coach to Associate Head Coach.
“You are only as good as the people around you,” Micallef would comment. “I lean on Jeff a great deal. His passion and knowledge of all aspects of the game is at such a high level. His promotion is well deserved and I know he will make an extraordinary head coach one day.”
Hired as an assistant coach following his playing career at Brooklyn in 2006, Coach Jean-Baptiste has been on the sidelines ever since. Responsible for recruiting, scouting, and player development as well as in-game coaching, he has been an integral part of a pair of coaching staffs that have produced three CUNYAC titles and NCAA Tournament appearances as well as three ECAC Tournament selections in only ten years. In addition, the Bulldogs would receive a national ranking as high as No. 17 during the 2015-16 regular season.
Coach Micallef would go on to say, “Jeffrey Jean-Baptiste exemplifies what Brooklyn College Basketball is all about. He is a Bulldog through and through and his loyalty and dedication to our program, school and community is second to none.”
Coach Jean-Baptiste has recruited and helped develop a number of BC greats, most notably, his younger brother, Richard Jean-Baptiste, who set the BC scoring record with 1,847 points, a record he held from the end of his senior year in 2010 to 2016.
Prior to entering the coaching ranks, Jean-Baptiste enjoyed a stellar playing career at Brooklyn College. He ranks fifth all-time in scoring, racking up 1,482 points during his four-year career. A three-time Team Captain, he was named a CUNYAC All-Star in 2005. He was also selected to the CUNYAC Goodwill Men’s Basketball team that toured the Dominican Republic in 2003 and played on the Haitian National Team that participated in the 2005 World University Games hosted in Turkey.