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Post by PilotNut on Wed Sep 03, 2014 2:13 pm

This is awesome!!!

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Pilots Add Veteran Coach Herb Brown and Former NBA Video Coordinator Tim Grass to Basketball Staff

PORTLAND, Ore. --- Former NBA Head Coach and long-time assistant Herb Brown and former Portland Trail Blazers Video Coordinator Tim Grass have joined the University of Portland men's basketball staff, head coach Eric Reveno announced on Wednesday. Brown will come on as an assistant coach, while Grass takes over as basketball technology coordinator.

"The NBA is still the pinnacle of the basketball world," Reveno said, "and it is an off-season coup when you can hire two individuals who have honed their skills at that level to help our program."

Brown has 45-plus years of coaching experience at the NBA, NCAA and international levels. He was head coach of the Detroit Pistons from 1975-77 and spent 14 years as an NBA assistant coach, including two seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers from 2001-03. Brown has earned three NBA Championship rings.

"When it became clear we had the opportunity to have Coach Brown join our staff this year, it was apparent to everyone in our program that it was a great opportunity," Reveno said. "In addition to his tremendous experience, he is a tireless worker with bounds of passion for teaching the game.  As a staff, we didn't want to just talk about 'getting better every day,' but truly embrace it."

In addition to his NBA experience Brown has eight years head coaching experience at the collegiate level, including five years at the helm of Stony Brook University (1964-69). His international coaching resume includes head coaching stops in the Spanish ACB League, fifteen seasons in Puerto Rico, and most recently leading the Japan Women's National Team to its first Gold Medal in 35 years at the 2013 FIBA Asia Championships. Brown also has won a Gold Medal and two Bronze Medals as the U.S. Head Coach in the Maccabi Games.

Brown was awarded the National Association of Basketball Coaches International Lifetime Coaching Achievement Award earlier this year and received an Outstanding Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater, University of Vermont.

Reveno plans to utilize Brown's experience and basketball acumen in a variety of capacities as an everyday member of the Pilot basketball staff.

"In a lot of ways, I see Coach Brown's role as basketball teaching quality control," Reveno noted. "He will have a hand in all aspects related to basketball including playbook development, practice plan design, scouting, and in-game strategy. In business people hire consulting firms constantly and in coaching guys talk to wise experienced veterans of the game. We were just fortunate to hire one who will help us on a daily basis fulfill our mission of helping each player be the best he can be and compete for a championship."

Tim Grass joined the Pilots recently after a nine-year run in video operations and scouting for various NBA franchises. Grass spent four seasons as the Portland Trail Blazers Video Coordinator from 2009-13 and was previously the assistant video coordinator from 2007-09. His responsibilities ranged from managing assistant video coordinators and interns, to producing all videography for basketball operations, offensive playbook diagramming, and coordinating and assisting on-court workouts.

Grass spent last season as a regional advance scout for various NBA teams. He was an assistant coach for the Blazers during the 2012 NBA Summer League and was also an assistant video coordinator for the Houston Rockets during the 2006-07 season.

"Increasingly people are recognizing the value of an expert basketball person in your video room," Reveno said. "It has become fairly competitive to move beyond an entry level training position to a seasoned basketball veteran who can add value in every aspect of your coaching operations. With the hiring of Tim Grass as our video coordinator we have done exactly that. His resume speaks for itself in terms of experience and knowledge, which will translate immediately to helping our players maximize their abilities and win games."

A 2003 graduate of University of Wisconsin-Stout, Grass received his Master of Science degree in Sport Administration from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2006.

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Re: Pilots Add Asst. Coach Herb Brown

Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Sep 03, 2014 2:37 pm

Hmm, very interesting.  Coach Brown has been around the program for a number of years as an advisor and mentor....nice to see he'll now actually be able to coach once again!

So, who will no longer be on the court....as only a head coach and 3 assistants are allowed by the NCAA, as I recall.

I see that Coach Wolf has been elevated to "Special Assistant to the Head Coach" which probably means he will now be the man in charge of recruitment and other significant duties....similar perhaps to what Coach Good is now doing at UNLV.

Still no Director of Basketball Ops....will Coach Wolf handle those chores as well?

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Post by PilotNut on Wed Sep 03, 2014 3:07 pm

I think having Coach Brown on the bench will add a voice that we have discussed may have been lacking. Coach Brown will hopefully add to the X's & O's and in-game strategy thinking.

This can't hurt on the recruiting trail, either.... Twisted Evil

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Post by NoPoNeighbor on Wed Sep 03, 2014 3:55 pm

Wow! This is big news. Does this mean that Coach Wolf is no longer officially a coach, and won't be on the bench for games?

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Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Sep 03, 2014 4:13 pm

NoPoNeighbor wrote:Wow! This is big news. Does this mean that Coach Wolf is no longer officially a coach, and won't be on the bench for games?
Well, I think we're all just speculating at this point what his duties are as Special Assistant to the Head Coach, but I would expect he would be on the bench....just not actively coaching the players, but instead advising the coaches.

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Post by NoPoNeighbor on Wed Sep 03, 2014 9:09 pm

Interesting rules... there can be three actual coaches, but you can have a fourth coach as long as s/he is not coaching players, but instead coaching the other coaches.

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Post by Geezaldinho on Wed Sep 03, 2014 9:55 pm

The NCAA manual wrote:11.7 LimitationsonthenumberandDutiesofCoaches.
11.7.1 general Provisions Applicable to All sports with numerical Coaching Limits.
11.7.1.1 Designation of Coaching Category. An individual who coaches and either is uncompensated or receives compensation or remuneration of any sort from the institution, even if such compensation or remu- neration is not designated for coaching, shall be designated as a head coach, assistant coach, volunteer coach, graduate assistant coach or student assistant coach by certification of the institution. (Revised: 1/10/91 effective 8/1/92, 1/12/04 effective 8/1/04)
11.7.1.1.1 CountableCoach. Anathleticsdepartmentstaffmembermustcountagainstcoachinglimits as soon as the individual participates (in any manner) in the coaching of the intercollegiate team in practice, games or organized activities directly related to that sport, including any organized staff activity directly related to the sport.
11.7.1.1.1.1 Noncoaching Activities. Institutional staff members involved in noncoaching ac- tivities (e.g., administrative assistants, academic counselors) do not count in the institution’s coaching limitations, provided such individuals are not identified as coaches, do not engage in any on- or off-field coaching activities (e.g., attending meetings involving coaching activities, analyzing video involving the institution’s or an opponent’s team), and are not involved in any off-campus recruitment of prospec- tive student-athletes or scouting of opponents. (Adopted: 1/16/93, Revised: 1/10/95, 12/13/05, 4/27/06 effective 8/1/06, 1/16/10)
11.7.1.1.1.1.1 Exception—NoncoachingStaffMemberwithSport-SpecificResponsi- bilities. A noncoaching staff member with sport-specific responsibilities (e.g., director of opera- tions, administrative assistant) may participate in organized activities involving only the coaching staff or may perform administrative duties (e.g., attend meetings involving coaching activities, analyze video of the institution’s or an opponent’s team, track statistics during practice or com- petition). However, such an individual is prohibited from participating in instructional activities with student-athletes and any on-court or on-field activities (e.g., assist with drills, throw batting practice), and is prohibited from participating with or observing student-athletes in the staff mem- ber’s sport who are engaged in nonorganized voluntary athletically related activities (e.g., pick-up games). (Adopted: 1/16/10)

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Post by Geezaldinho on Wed Sep 03, 2014 11:08 pm

11.7.4 Limitations on number of Coaches and off-Campus recruiters. There shall be a limit on the number of coaches who may be employed by an institution and who may contact or evaluate prospective student-athletes off campus at any one time in each sport as follows: (Revised: 1/10/91 effective 8/1/92, 1/10/92 effective 8/1/92, 1/9/96 effective 8/1/96, 1/14/97, 4/25/02 effective 8/1/02, 1/12/04 effective 8/1/04, 4/29/04 effec- tive 8/1/04, 4/28/05, 4/28/05 effective 8/1/05, 2/3/06, 12/15/06, 4/26/07 effective 8/1/07, 1/17/09 effective 8/1/09, 1/15/11 effective 8/1/11, 4/28/11 effective 8/1/12, 8/11/11)

The limits for Men's basketball are 4 coaches, three of which can be classed as off campus recruiters.

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Re: Pilots Add Asst. Coach Herb Brown

Post by NoPoNeighbor on Thu Sep 04, 2014 10:17 am

4 coaches, including the head coach?

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Post by Geezaldinho on Thu Sep 04, 2014 10:19 am

Yes.

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Post by Geezaldinho on Thu Sep 04, 2014 10:27 am

I just realized that When Herb Brown became head coach of the Pistons in 1976  he was assistant to and replaced former Pilot great Ray Scott.

Scott was NBA coach of the year two years before.

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