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Cal basketball has hired Coppin State's Keith Brown as Director of Basketball Operations

After the hiring of assistant Chris Walker, Cal head men's basketball coach Wyking Jones has added Keith Brown as Director of Basketball Operations.

California source has confirmed a report by Jeff Goodman of ESPN that head Bears basketball coach Wyking Jones has hired former Coppin State assistant Keith Brown as Director of Basketball Operations. A special assistant to the head coach at Mount St. Mary's in Los Angeles during the 2015-16 season, who analyzed practices and games, Brown is a data-crunching analytics-centered mind.

He spent this last season as an assistant at Coppin State.

Brown spent six seasons at Nevada, helping to coach the Wolf Pack to the 2012 WAC title, as well as coaching teams that made the 2010 and 2012 NIT, with the 2012 team finishing 28-7.

Before Nevada, Brown served as an assistant at Seattle for two seasons, during which the Redhawks went 21-8 in 2008 -- the most wins by the program since the 1984-85 season. Prior to Seattle, Brown spent 2002-06 at Portland.

While with the Pilots, Brown helped guard Eugene Jeter become the second-leading scorer in program history, en route to earning first-team All-West Coast Conference honors in 2004 and 2006. Jeter and fellow guard Donald Wilson became the second-highest scoring tandem in Portland program history.

Brown, a Los Angeles native, matriculated from Playa Del Rey (Calif.) St. Bernard, Jones's alma mater, before heading to play at El Camino College from 1988-90, earning two trips in the California Community College Final Four, before spending one season playing for Hampton University in Hampton, Va., in 1991-92. 

Brown earned a degree in sociology from Hampton in 1993, and took his Master's of Education with an emphasis in physical education at Azusa Pacific in 2000.

Like Cal's other hire this week -- assistant Chris Walker -- Brown has experience in the AAU world, working with programs in Portland, Ore., and Washington, D.C. He began his coaching career as an assistant varsity coach at Inglewood (Calif.).

With Walker, Theo Robertson and Tim O'Toole, the hire of Brown brings Jones one step closer to completing his staff, with only the strength and conditioning position still to be filled.

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