June 6, 2001
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Jean Marie Burr, entering her 14th season as Head Women's Basketball Coach at Brown University, is proud to announce her coaching staff for the 2001-2002 campaign. Dean Mendes, who has been an assistant in the program since 1998 will be joined by Pamela Bass and Spencer Manning.
Bass played for Coach Burr from 1988-1990 and then served as a student-assistant on her staff for the 1990-1991 season. Since graduating from Brown University in 1991, Bass has served as an assistant under some of the most successful coaches in the women's game. She earned her masters degree in 1993 in Sports Administration from the University of Texas and studied the game under Hall of Fame Coach Jody Conradt. She returned to the Renaissance City from 1993-96 when she served as an Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for Bob Foley at Providence College. In 1996 the Lady Friars won the regular season Big East Championship for their Division.
Bass has a thorough understanding of the Ivy League, not only as a student-athlete, but also as an Ivy League coach. She spent the past two seasons as an assistant at Yale University. An accomplished recruiter, she also had stints at the University of Illinois at Chicago and at the University of Hartford.
At Brown, Bass will be actively involved in the daily operation of the program. She will especially contribute in the areas of recruiting, on the court coaching and player development, scouting of opponents, strength and conditioning, team travel, and academic advising.
Manning comes to College Hill from Caslteton State College in Castleton, VT where he served as the Head Coach since 1999. While at Castleton he also served as an Assistant Athletic Director and Assistant Women's Soccer Coach. Manning brings a wealth of experience to the program. He served as an Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Springfield College in Massachusetts. Coach Manning is also a certified Physical Education instructor. He coached and taught at Shepherd Hill Regional High School in Dudley, MA (1993-1996) and Warner Elementary School (1998-1999). He is an avid teacher of the game, having served as a camp instructor across New England.
Manning is a 1993 graduate of the University of Rhode Island and received his masters degree in Physical Education from Springfield College in 1998.
For the Bears, Manning will assist with on-campus recruiting and oversee the programs tape exchange program. In addition he will be involved with player development, on the floor coaching and the scouting of opponents.
Coach Mendes returns for his fourth season with the Bears. A 1982 graduate of Fordham University, Mendes has been responsible for a variety of areas for the Bears over the years. His primary responsibility will be to coordinate the recruiting efforts of the program. He will oversee each aspect of recruiting from the evaluation and contact schedule to phone calls and campus visits to admissions and enrollment. In addition to his on the court coaching responsibilities, he will serve as the Marketing Director, and Scheduling Coach..
Prior to coming to Brown, Mendes served as an assistant coach at Worcester State College, 1996-1998, and Assumption College, 1994-1996. He has been involved in some aspect of the game since college. He was a manager for Tom Penders at Fordham and has worked a variety of basketball camps in the region.
Coach Burr has had unprecedented success at building a winning program at Brown. She has overseen seven of the 13 winning seasons in school history and is the winningest coach in Brown Basketball history (men's or women's) The 1993-94 squad was the first Ivy League team to receive an automatic NCAA tournament bid. In addition the program under her direction has won three Ivy League Championships and has recruited several All-Ivy First team members.