August 2, 2006

Jesse Agel Named Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

Aug. 2, 2006

Providence, Rhode Island - Jesse Agel, a 17-year assistant coach at the University of Vermont and the architect of the Catamount's recent success on the basketball court, has been named an assistant men's basketball coach at Brown University in an announcement made by Bears' head coach Craig Robinson.

"Jesse Agel has a proven track record of success as a recruiter, teacher and mentor," said Robinson. "We're fortunate to be able to bring to Brown a coach who has tremendous respect in the basketball world. We're excited to have him join our program, and expect him to play a major role in the future success of the Brown basketball program."

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 crown in 2002 and again in 2005.

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 help complete the turnaround of the Vermont program over the last decade, highlighted by four straight 20-win seasons. Sine 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 Players 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, have two boys, Zachary and Nicholas.