Taliek Brown, the point guard on UConn’s 2004 national championship team, is returning to the school to join new head coach Dan Hurley’s staff. Brown was hired Tuesday as the Huskies’ director of player development.
Brown’s duties, according to the school, will be to “build strong personal relationships” with the players and to “teach and develop life skills.” He will also be in charge of supervising the graduate assistants.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Taliek Brown back to UConn,” Hurley said in a statement. “Obviously, his history with the program speaks for itself, but when you add that to his professional basketball career and life experiences since he left college, plus his upbeat, outgoing personality, and strong work ethic, it makes him ideal for this position. I’m really looking forward to him working with our student-athletes.”
Brown, 36, will also be charged with helping the team’s academic counselor with study halls, organizing community service for the team, and managing alumni events.
“I’m very excited that the next stage of my career will take place at UConn, where I have so many great memories,” Brown said in a statement. “Coach Hurley and his staff have a great vision for the program and I am happy to become a part of it. I want to make sure the student-athletes have as good an experience at UConn as I had.”
Brown remains UConn’s all-time leader in assists (722) and also scored 1,039 points.
A McDonald’s All-American from St. John’s Prep in Queens, Brown was a four-year starter at point guard for the Huskies under Jim Calhoun. He played in 134 games, averaging 7.8 points and 5.4 assists.
UConn had a record of 103-35 with Brown and made three NCAA Tournament appearances. The Huskies won two Big East regular season titles, two Big East tournament titles, and the 2004 NCAA title.
Though he was mostly known for his passing and leadership abilities, Brown hit one of the more dramatic shots in UConn history, a 33-foot heave as the shot clock expired late in the 2002 Big East championship game against Pittsburgh in New York.
Brown left UConn in 2004 and spent 10 years playing professionally in the CBA, the USBL, as well as in countries such as Venezuela, Turkey and Poland. Brown earned his degree from UConn in 2013.
After his playing days, Brown served as an assistant coach at LaGuardia Community College, then as the head coach at August Martin High School, and later oversaw the Teamfootprintz Basketball Training Program. The latter ran basketball clinics, trained professional players, and mentored young adults.