Monday, April 16, 2007

It's official! UK hires Jeremy Cox, Glenn Cyprien, maybe Alvin Brooks

The University of Kentucky men’s basketball program has added two assistant coaches, Jeremy Cox and Glynn Cyprien, head coach Billy Gillispie announced Monday.

“Both Jeremy and Glenn are great people and great coaches,” said Gillispie. “They are outstanding at developing relationships, with both current players and prospective students.”

Cox joins the staff after serving under Gillispie as an assistant coach at Texas A&M last season. Prior to his time in College Station, he was the head coach at Arkansas-Fort Smith Junior College for three seasons, guiding the Lions to the 2006 national junior college championship while also being named the NJCAA Coach of the Year.

“Jeremy has had success at every level because of his unmatched passion and ability to evaluate talent,” Gillispie said. “He has won a national championship at the two-year level and was a big part of our success last year at Texas A&M.”

Cyprien is no stranger to the SEC or the state of Kentucky, having served as an assistant coach at Arkansas last season and an associate head coach at Western Kentucky in 1995. Prior to his stop in Fayetteville, Cyprien was an associate head coach at New Mexico State where he helped the Aggies improve from 6-24 in 2005 to a16-14 in 2006, the second-best turnaround in the country that season. Before going to New Mexico State, Cyprien served as an assistant coach under Eddie Sutton at Oklahoma State from 2001-2004. The Cowboys earned a trip to the 2004 Final Four.

“Glynn is known as a great recruiter, and he is, but he’s also an all-around quality coach,” Gillispie said. “He’s done a great job at several stops, and his background, which includes time in the SEC at Arkansas and in this state at Western Kentucky, makes him good fit for our staff.”

Terrance Harris also reports that Alvin Brooks will be heading to Kentucky to join the staff.
That said, popular assistant Alvin Brooks will not be joining the new staff as many had hoped. Brooks is headed to Kentucky to join Billy Gillispie's staff along with assistants Jeremy Cox and Jerrance Howard.

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