ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's basketball coach John Beilein announced the hiring of Brian Townsend as the Director of Basketball Operations for the Wolverine program. In addition, Tracy Hamner was named Administrative Assistant and Matt Duprey was hired as the program's video coordinator.
"We are elated to have Brian, Tracy and Matt all join the staff," said Beilein. "With the staff now in place, it is an exciting time for Michigan basketball. As Brian and Matt both have University of Michigan ties, it helps bring a level of passion and enthusiasm that cannot be matched. Brian's experience as a Division I coach and Matt's recent familiarity with the program is only going to be a plus. Having known Tracy for many years, he has been an integral part of the successes we have had. It was great to be able to have him join us here in Ann Arbor. We still have many challenges ahead, but it will be nice to face some of them with all three of these gentlemen."
Townsend, a former Michigan football linebacker, comes to the Wolverines after spending the last four years as an assistant coach at Ohio University (2004-07). Townsend helped the Bobcats to a 69-55 record in his four seasons. During the 2004-05 season, the Bobcats finished with a 21-11 record and won the Mid-American Conference Tournament. With the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, the Bobcats lost in the first round to Florida.
Prior to his appointment at Ohio, Townsend was the head boy's basketball coach at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Mich. In 1999, Townsend -- along with former Wolverine LaVell Blanchard -- led the Pioneers to their first state championship. For his efforts, Townsend was named the Ann Arbor News Coach of the Year -- an award he was also given the following season. After leading his team to its third 20-win season in four years, Townsend earned the Region 6 Coach-of-the-Year distinction in 2002 from the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan.
Townsend recorded 11 sacks and 115 tackles during his four-year college career at U-M. The Wolverines made three Rose Bowl appearances during Townsend's career by winning three Big Ten championships, along with one Gator Bowl appearance after sharing the 1990 conference title. In 2000, Wolverine Magazine named him to the Michigan Football All-Decade Team. Picked in the 11th round of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams, Townsend played for both the Rams and Cincinnati Bengals for two seasons. He then began his coaching career as a varsity assistant at his former school, Northwest High School, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Townsend earned two bachelor's degrees from Michigan -- one in sports management and communication in 1991 and another in physical education and social science in 1996.
Hamner comes to Michigan after he worked the last two seasons with Beilein at West Virginia as a graduate assistant. Prior to his work at West Virginia, he served as the head junior varsity coach and assistant varsity basketball coach at James River High in Midlothian, Va., for three years. While at James River, Hamner taught English and created a course called Sports and Literature, a class that examines the impact that sports have on society and literature.
Hamner is a graduate from the University of Richmond (2002) with a degree in English and a minor in education. He was a manager on Beilein's staff at Richmond for four years and served as head manager during the final two years. During his senior season, Hamner dressed for games and appeared in four contests with the Spiders.
Duprey was retained on the staff after spending the last two years with the Wolverine program serving as the video coordinator in 2006-07 and the staff assistant in 2005-06. Duprey is a graduate from U-M (2005) with a degree in sociology from the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. While at Michigan, he served as a basketball manager for four years (2002-05) with his last two as the senior manager of the program.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423