June 9, 2008
PROVIDENCE, RI - Jesse Agel, an assistant coach at Brown for the last two years and a 17-year assistant coach at Vermont, has been named the head men's basketball coach at Brown in an announcement made by Brown Director of Athletics Michael Goldberger.
"I am absolutely delighted to have Jesse Agel as our head coach," said Goldberger. "Jesse brings a wealth of basketball knowledge and years of experience to the position. He has demonstrated that he knows what it takes to be successful at this level. Jesse views coaching to be about teaching, and that's something that Brown is all about and what I look for in all of our head coaches."
The 46-year-old Agel (pronounced A-gull) assisted coach Craig Robinson at Brown for the last two years, helping the Bears register a school-record 19 victories in 2007-2008, while gaining a berth in the post-season College Basketball Invitational. The Bears finished second in the Ivy standings with an 11-3 mark, winning 10 of their last 11 regular season games.
"I embrace the opportunity to continue to work with a group of extraordinary young men at such a prestigious university as Brown," said Agel. "Our goal will remain the same, which is the relentless pursuit of the Ivy League Championship. It's been an honor to work in an outstanding athletic department that has so many exceptional people and educators. I want to thank former coach Craig Robinson for all he has done for me personally and for leaving me a team that expects to win every time it steps onto the court."
During his 17-year stint at Vermont, Agel was the architect of the Catamount's recent success on the basketball court. A 1984 graduate of Vermont, Agel was the associate head coach at Vermont for eight years under head coach Tom Brennan.
Agel's hard work and recruiting efforts were instrumental in helping the Catamounts' to the finest four-year run in the 105-year history of UVM basketball at the end of his UVM career. In this stretch, Vermont won three consecutive America East titles (2003, 2004, 2005), the school's first conference championships, and its first-ever regular season title in 2002 and again in 2005.
The crowning achievement in Agel's coaching career was a 60-57 victory over Big East Champion Syracuse in the first round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass.
An excellent basketball tactician and long-time student of the game, Agel began his coaching career as a volunteer student assistant at Vermont in 1984-85. Prior to returning to his alma mater, he was the head coach at Harwood Union (Vt.) High School in Duxbury for two seasons. He guided the Highlanders to the 1988 Vermont Division II State Championship with a 21-2 record.
Agel's successful recruiting at the collegiate ranks brought in the core of regulars that helped complete the turnaround of the Vermont program over the last decade, highlighted by four straight 20-win seasons. Since 1993, Vermont has had four players named America East Rookie of the Year, including back-to-back winners in T.J. Sorrentine '04 and Taylor Coppenrath '05. Both went on to earn America East Player of the Year honors.
Agel was also the director of the Vermont Basketball Camp and has worked as a regular at many of the top camps in the East.
Agel and his wife, Theresa, reside in Wakefield, Rhode Island, with their two boys, Zachary and Nicholas.