Gottfried Has Staff Changes

Alabama Basketball Coach Mark Gottfried has named Jeff Dunlap Director of Basketball Operations and has promoted Kobie Baker to assistant coach along with giving more responsibilities to assistant coaches Philip Pearson and James Holland.

Baker has been the Director of Operations on Alabama's staff since May 2006. He will fill the position left open when Tom Asbury announced he will retire from coaching in July. Dunlap joins the Alabama staff from Western Michigan where he was an assistant coach.

"I'm excited for Kobie," said Gottfried. "He's earned the right to have this promotion. He's done a very good job. He's very familiar with our program having been involved in the past. He brings an energy and great recruiting abilities to our staff, and he has a great future in this profession."

Baker, 32, a Tuscaloosa native, has been an assistant coach at North Texas, Troy, Nicholls State and Southeastern Louisiana. Baker is a 1993 graduate of Tuscaloosa's Central High School and a 1998 graduate of Talladega College, helping lead Talledega College to the 1995 Southern States Conference Championship. He started his coaching career at Southeastern Louisiana upon graduation in 1998. He was an assistant coach at Troy in 2002. While he was coaching and recruiting there, Troy won the 2002 Atlantic Sun regular season championship. He left Troy to become the recruiting coordinator and assistant coach at Nicholls State and spent 2005 and 2006 as an assistant on Johnny Jones' staff at North Texas.

"I'm obviously very excited about this opportunity to continue to be a part of this great basketball program and staff," said Baker. "I'm looking forward to getting back on the floor and contributing as an assistant coach. This is an exceptional institution, and it's extra special for me, as a Tuscaloosa native, to not only be associated with the University of Alabama but to be a part of a program with such a strong basketball tradition."

Dunlap is a 1986 UCLA graduate who lettered three seasons for the Bruins. He leaves Western Michigan where he was an assistant coach since 2004 to join the Alabama staff. His background also includes being an assistant coach at Georgia from 1999 to 2003, Loyola, and Cal State Fullerton.

"I'm very excited to add Jeff to our staff," said Gottfried. "Jeff is someone I have known for 20 years. He's very familiar with our system and will be involved with a number of different aspects of our program. He brings great organizational skills and a great knowledge of the game as well."

Gottfried said in addition to these hirings, the roles of assistant coaches Philip Pearson and James Holland will expand.

"This is a great staff as a group. Philip and James are extremely talented and very good in many areas. Both are in position to be head coaches soon. Both will take on greater responsibilities," said Gottfried whose former assistants Johnny Jones at North Texas and Tevester Anderson at Jackson State both led, as head coaches, their respective teams to the 2007 NCAA tournament, and a third former assistant, Orlando Early, was named the 2007 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year for his season as head coach at Louisiana Monroe. "I think Philip and James are in a position to follow in those same footsteps and not only become head coaches but have the kind of success Johnny, Orlando and Tevester are all experiencing as head coaches."

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