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June 9, 2008
Brown's new head coach aims for top of Ivy League
By MIKE SZOSTAK
Journal Sports Writer
PROVIDENCE - Jesse Agel, Brown University's new head basketball coach, spent the last 19 years as an assistant at the University of Vermont and at Brown. When did he think he was ready for the top job?
"After my first day of practice 20 years ago," he said yesterday, after being introduced as Craig Robinson's successor.
Agel, 46, worked with Robinson the last two years and last season helped coach the Bears to a 19-10 record, the most victories in a season in Brown basketball history, an 11-3 record, a second-place finish behind Cornell in the Ivy League and a berth in the inaugural College Basketball Invitational.
For 17 years prior to Brown, Agel was an assistant at Vermont. He was associate head coach under Tom Brennan for the last eight and shared credit for the Catamounts' title runs in 2003, 2004 and 2005, as well as their stunning first-round upset of Syracuse in the 2005 NCAA Tournament at Worcester. T.J. Sorrentine of Pawtucket and Taylor Coppenrath, America East rookies and players of the year, were the heroes of those teams.
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