- A source informed The Cornell Basketball Blog that Columbia assistant coach, Marlon Sears has joined Cornell's coaching staff under new head coach, Bill Courtney. Below is Sears' bio from Columbia Athletics:
Marlon Sears recently completed his first season as an assistant coach at Columbia, serving as the team's primary recruiting coordinator. He also assisted in on-court development of Columbia's big men, along with in-game preparation.
Sears joined the Columbia men's basketball staff in August 2009 with eight years of Division I experience, including four seasons as a primary recruiting coordinator.
"Marlon is an outstanding coach and evaluator of talent," said head coach Joe Jones. "His experience with winning programs and passion for the game of basketball will have a great impact on our program."
Sears recently was an assistant coach for a year and a half at High Point, where he was the recruiting coordinator for two recruiting classes that were rated in the Top 100 by HoopScoop.
Prior to his time at High Point in North Carolina, Sears was an assistant coach for two years at Wagner in nearby Staten Island, where he helped lead the Seahawks to a 23-8 record in 2007-08.
Also serving as Wagner's recruiting coordinator, Sears helped to assemble two recruiting classes that again were ranked within the top 100 by HoopScoop. Sears also assisted in game preparation, including breaking down game film and conducting practice sessions in advance of games.
Sears got his start in the coaching ranks at Binghamton, where he spent five years as an assistant coach, helping lead the Bearcats into the upper echelon of the America East Conference. During his tenure at Binghamton, he coached two America East Defensive Players of the Year and helped lead the team to a 12-4 conference record in 2005-06, his final season.
A native of Kansas, Sears is a 2001 graduate of Newman University.
- The Trentonian provides an update on Columbia's head coaching search.
- Harvard Athletics previews the Crimson for 2010-2011, team which will be without the face of the program, Jeremy Lin.