New hoops coach for AU on Tuesday

Sports,Campus Confidential,Kevin Dunleavy

American University will announce its new men’s basketball coach on Tuesday, replacing Jeff Jones, who departed early this month for Old Dominion. On Monday, American was down to three finalists – Georgetown assistant Mike Brennan, Virginia assistant Jason Williford, and former Ball State and Lehigh head coach Billy Taylor.

Brennan, an assistant at AU from 2007-09, is a former player and assistant coach at Princeton who has been at GU for the last four years. Williford, also a former AU assistant (2005-09), played at Virginia and has served there under Tony Bennett the last four years. Taylor has been a head coach the last 11 years, serving at Lehigh (2002-07) and Ball State (2007-2013).  He was the Patriot League coach of the year in 2003 and 2004, leading Lehigh to the NCAA tournament in 2004.

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