Following up on something from the DAILY DIRT on 5/17…
Iona College men’s basketball head coach Rick Pitino announced the appointment of Taliek Brown as assistant coach for the Gaels’ program. A standout student-athlete at UConn during his collegiate playing days, Brown comes to New Rochelle from his alma mater where he served as Director of Player Development for the last three seasons.
“We’re very excited to have Taliek as part of our program. He had a great career as a basketball player at Connecticut and has done a wonderful job of mentoring the student-athletes on the current Huskies’ basketball team,” said Iona head coach Rick Pitino. “Being a New Yorker, his familiarity with Iona College is a major plus.”
Brown was the captain of UConn’s 2004 NCAA National Championship team and remains the program’s all-time assists leader. In his role as Director of Player Development, he had close interaction with the student-athletes, building strong personal relationships with them, while initiating and participating in off-court activities that taught and developed life skills. He also supervised the graduate assistants for the men’s program.
A native of Corona, N.Y. in Queens, Brown was a McDonald’s All-American out of St. John’s Prep and a four-year starting UConn point guard under Jim Calhoun and is the only player in UConn history to score at least 1,000 points (1,039) and hand out at least 700 assists (722).
Brown earned his degree from the University of Connecticut in political science in 2013 and had a 10-year career as a pro player, in the CBA, USBL, and multiple foreign professional leagues.
When his playing career ended, Brown spent time as an assistant coach at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City and as head coach at August Martin High School in Jamaica, Queens. He also oversaw the TeamFootprintz basketball training program.