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Basketball Academy at Harvard

Staff


Tommy Amaker • The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball


In the 10 seasons since taking over as head coach of Harvard’s men’s basketball program, Tommy Amaker has reinvented the Crimson into an Ivy League power with a national presence. He has directed Harvard to a period of unprecedented prosperity in the form of four NCAA tournament appearances (2012-15), five Ivy League championships (2011-15) and six 20-win seasons (2010-15). Amaker is the all-time winningest coach with the Crimson, surpassing Frank Sullivan with a 74-66 win at Boston College Dec. 7, 2016.

Amaker was introduced as head coach by Nichols Family Director of Athletics Bob Scalise on April 13, 2007, following six seasons as head coach at Michigan and four at the helm of Seton Hall. Amaker owns a 369-244 career record: 193-105 at Harvard, 108-84 at Michigan and 68-55 at Seton Hall. He has earned numerous Coach of the Year awards, including the 2013 Clarence "Big House" Gaines College Basketball Coach of the Year Award, presented to the top minority basketball coach in NCAA Division I. In 2012, he was presented with district coach of the year awards from both the United States Basketball Writers Association and National Association of Basketball Coaches, and was a candidate for the AP National Coach of the Year. He has also been named a finalist for the Ben Jobe Award five times (2011-15), and the Hugh Durham Award three times (2011, 2012, 2015).

Donny Guerinoni • Academy & Clinic Director/Assistant Coach


Donny Guerinoni completed his second season as a member of Tommy Amaker’s coaching staff in 2016-17.

Harvard capped the 2016-17 season with an apperance in the inaugural Ivy League tournament. The Crimson - the 10th-youngest team according to KenPom rankings - finished 18-10 overall, including a 10-4 mark in Ancient Eight play.

Harvard saw two student-athletes receive all-conference accolades in 2015-16 highlighted by Agunwa Okolie's selection as Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year. Okolie was also named All-Ivy League honorable mention with Zena Edosomwan receiving All-Ivy League second team honors. Despite losing eight letterwinners from the previous year the Crimson competed well on the national stage, reaching the championship game of the Diamond Head Classic with wins over BYU (85-82, OT) and Auburn (69-51) before falling to then No. 3 Oklahoma, 83-71. Harvard also found itself tied with then No. 4 Kansas with under 8:00 to play in Allen Fieldhouse, but ultimately fell to the Jayhawks, 75-69.

Brian Eskildsen • Assistant Coach


Brian Eskildsen completed his third season as a member of head coach Tommy Amaker's staff in 2016-17 after helping the Crimson to an Ivy League championship and trip to the NCAA tournament in 2014-15.

Harvard capped the 2016-17 season with an apperance in the inaugural Ivy League tournament. The Crimson - the 10th-youngest team according to KenPom rankings - finished 18-10 overall, including a 10-4 mark in Ancient Eight play.

Harvard saw two student-athletes receive all-conference accolades in 2015-16 highlighted by Agunwa Okolie's selection as Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year. Okolie was also named All-Ivy League honorable mention with Zena Edosomwan receiving All-Ivy League second team honors. Despite losing eight letterwinners from the previous year the Crimson competed well on the national stage, reaching the championship game of the Diamond Head Classic with wins over BYU (85-82, OT) and Auburn (69-51) before falling to then No. 3 Oklahoma, 83-71. Harvard also found itself tied with then No. 4 Kansas with under 8:00 to play in Allen Fieldhouse, but ultimately fell to the Jayhawks, 75-69.

Mike Sotsky • Assistant Coach


Mike Sotsky enters his second season as a member of Tommy Amaker’s coaching staff in 2017-18.

In his first year on staff with the Crimson, Harvard appeared in the inaugural Ivy League tournament. The Crimson - the 10th-youngest team according to KenPom rankings - finished 18-10 overall, including a 10-4 mark in Ancient Eight play.

Sotsky worked with Duke in 2015-16, serving as the program’s staff assistant. With the Blue Devils, Sotsky helped with scouting, recruiting, day-to-day operations and team video needs.

Sotsky was a senior manager on the Blue Devils 2015 NCAA championship team and was the 2015 co-recipient of the Gopal Varadhan Award, presented annually to the program’s top upperclassman manager.

Casey Brinn • Director of Basketball Operations


Casey Brinn enters his second season as a member of Tommy Amaker’s coaching staff in 2017-18.

Brinn spent the 2015-16 season as the director of basketball operations at Rider University. Before arriving in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, Brinn worked as a graduate assistant at Northwestern University, where he helped with travel accommodations, scouting report information, recruiting information and video management, among other duties, while overseeing the team managers. Brinn was also the assistant director of the Chris Collins Basketball Camp at Northwestern.

Early in his career, Brinn served as an assistant basketball coach at the University of Southern Maine and has worked in the ticket offices of both the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens.

The Academy is open to any and all entrants (limited by only by number, age, grade level and/or gender – see camp details)

Due to NCAA rules, the Coaches Clinic is open to Coaches only. Players may not participate or attend.

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