Brownell Expected to Interview for Hoops Job

An update on the search for Auburn's new head basketball coach is featured.

Auburn, Ala.--A coach who may be interviewed for vacant Auburn men's basketball coaching job is Brad Brownell, who has been head coach the past four seasons at Wright State.

Auburn fired Jeff Lebo following his team's loss in the SEC Tournament and began an immediate search for his successor. Lebo was head coach at Auburn for six seasons in which his only postseason play was in the 2009 NIT.

University of Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith and former Auburn star Chuck Person, an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers, are also considered coaches of interest for Auburn as the Tigers prepare to move into a new state-of-the-art arena for the 2010-2011 season.

Tubby Smith wrapped up his third season at Minnesota this year. He is a former head coach at Tulsa, Georgia and Kentucky.

Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs said that he plans to conduct a thorough search for Lebo's replacement. With Auburn filling its signee class in the early period in November, there is not the urgency to quickly name a new head coach as was the case when Jacobs led the search for a football coach in December 2008 when he hired Gene Chizik.

Prior to moving to Wright State, which is located in Dayton, Ohio, Brownell was head coach for four seasons at UNC-Wilmington where his teams were 83-40 with two NCAA Tournament appearances and where he was twice named Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year.

Coach Brad Brownell

In his first season at Wright State, he led the Horizon League team to its first NCAA Tournament bid in 14 years as the Raiders won the regular season and conference tournament titles. This past year, Wright State finished 20-12, ending its season with a loss to Butler in the conference tournament title game.

In his second season at Wright State, what was expected to be a rebuilding year turned into a 21-victory season as the Raiders finished second in the conference. He followed that with 20-13 and 20-12 seasons the past two years.

The 42-year-old coach is a 1991 graduate of DePauw University, he also has a master's degree from the University of Indianapolis. His coaching career includes stops as an assistant at Butler, the University of Indianapolis and UNC-Wilmington, where he was promoted to associate head coach before being named head coach.

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