Brendan Suhr added to LSU hoops staff

LSU men's basketball coach Johnny Jones filled the remaining spot on his bench Tuesday by adding veteran coach Brendan Suhr.

The final coaching chair on Johnny Jones' bench is filled after the basketball program announced Tuesday that Brendan Suhr is on board as LSU associate coach.

Suhr, 64, comes over from the University of Central Florida, where since 2010 he has served as both an assistant and the Knights' director of program development.

He is also the founder and president of Off the Court, Inc., a consulting and speaking firm.

“We are very excited with the addition of Coach Brendan Suhr to our coaching staff,” said Coach Jones on the hiring. “He brings a great deal of experience with a wealth of knowledge that will certainly be very beneficial and impactful for our LSU basketball program and players. We look forward to him starting here this week as we begin to prepare for our upcoming trip and games in Australia.”

Suhr has a more impressive background in the NBA than in the college game, including a run as an assistant from 1988-92 for the Detroit Pistons and legendary head coach Chuck Daly.

Prior to that he was the assistant general manager of the Atlanta Hawks, and post-Pistons he served as an assistant for the Raptors, Magic, Pistons again and most recently the Knicks from 2004-07.

In Baton Rouge Suhr will fill a vacancy first left by Eric Musselman, now the head coach at Nevada after a single season at LSU, and then by John Treloar, a former Phoenix Suns staffer that accepted the job late this spring only to walk away from it at the beginning of July before technically ever getting started.

“I had seen LSU play a lot in the past year, and I’ve been watching them since Johnny (Jones) has been back for his three years,” said Suhr. “I’m very impressed with what he has done with this program. Philosophically, in our visits over the last month, we are totally on the same page, basketball-wise. It’s a great honor for me to be involved with a program that is on a rise like this in a great, great conference with good young talent, but also with a terrific coaching staff and a guy that I just think the world of.”

Joining Suhr on Jones' staff are David Patrick, like Jones in his fourth year with the program; Al Pinkins, beginning his first season on the bayou after stints with Ole Miss and Tennessee; and Charlie Leonard, transitioned into the director of operations role.

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