Brian Earl, who played in more winning basketball games (95) than any player in Princeton history, is in his eighth season as an assistant coach at Princeton in 2014-15 following a professional basketball career in Europe and the United States and a subsequent career in the corporate world with Sallie Mae.
Earl, who coordinates Princeton's efforts on defense, has helped to recruit players that lifted the team from a record of 6-23 in his first season to three straight 20-win seasons through 2011-12 and a return to the NCAA Tournament in 2011 for the first time in seven years. Two players Earl helped to recruit are among Princeton's top 10 all-time in scoring.
With Earl as part of an entirely new staff in 2007-08, Princeton's wins increased every year from that first six-win season, culminating in 2010-11 with a 25-7 record, the program's 26th Ivy League title, 24th NCAA Tournament appearance and a near-upset of eventual Final Four team Kentucky. The following year, in 2011-12, Princeton made it three straight 20-win seasons and postseason appearances with Earl on staff.
The 1999 Ivy League Player of the Year who graduated as the leading three-point shooter in Ivy League history, Earl helped the Tigers to three NCAA tournament appearances in his four seasons, including trips to the second round in both 1996 and 1998. The Tigers also advanced to the NIT quarterfinals his senior season.
In addition to his team-record 281 three-pointers, the Medford Lakes native graduated ranking fifth all-time at Princeton with 1,428 career points. He also finished his career sixth on the school list with 263 assists and seventh with 140 steals since both stats began being kept in 1974-75.
Earl held the school record for games played (116) until Douglas Davis '12 passed him in 2012, and still holds the record for games started (113) in a career.
He averaged nearly 15 points per game as a senior to earn Ivy League Player of the Year and first-team All-Ivy honors, helping Princeton to a 22-8 record and NIT victories over Georgetown and at N.C. State. As a junior, he shot nearly 44 percent from three-point range and averaged 13.1 points per game to help the Tigers to a 27-2 record and a top 10 national ranking.
He averaged better than 12 points per game as a sophomore for the 1996-97 Ivy champions and played in 29 games as a freshman in 1995-96, making 55 three-point shots and averaging better than nine points per game.
After graduating with a degree in economics from Princeton, he played professionally in Germany and England as well as in the USBL and EBA in the United States. Earl’s brother Dan is an assistant men’s basketball coach at the U.S. Naval Academy.
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