PRINCETON -- Mitch Henderson '98, the Franklin C. Cappon-Edward G. Green '40 head coach of Princeton men's basketball, has announced Brett MacConnell as the Director of Basketball Operations.
MacConnell succeeds Kendrick Saunders, who became an assistant coach at the U.S. Naval Academy.
"We are very excited to have Brett join our program," Henderson said. "He brings a lot of experience to the staff with his time spent as an assistant and as a director of operations. We are fortunate to have him as a part of our Princeton family."
MacConnell joins Princeton after serving in a similar role last season at Saint Peter's College, handling video breakdowns of practices, games and opponent scouting, as well as film exchange and team travel.
"I am honored to be given this opportunity by Coach Henderson to work as a part of his great staff at such a prestigious institution," MacConnell said. "I have always admired and respected the rich basketball tradition at Princeton and what this program has stood for. To be able to coach just minutes away from where I grew up just makes it even more special."
Prior to Saint Peter's, MacConnell spent the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach at Holy Family University in Philadelphia. In his duties as recruiting coordinator, MacConnell helped to bring in a recruiting class that formed the starting five of a team that doubled its win total from the previous season.
MacConnell got his start as an assistant coach at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pa., where he worked for two seasons. In 2008-09, the team went 13-13 and 8-8 in conference after winning just three games the year before. It was also the program's first trip to the conference playoffs since 1969 and most wins in 22 years. MacConnell was promoted to associate head coach in his final year at Delaware Valley in 2009-10, and the following year the team won the 2011 conference championship and made the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance.
MacConnell's background also includes extensive work with the Neptune, N.J.-based Hoop Group, working as a coach and commissioner at Hoop Group Elite Camps as well as serving as a site director at many of the organization's premier AAU tournaments.
MacConnell graduated from Rutgers University in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in exercise science and sport studies. He was a manager with the men's basketball team for all four seasons, serving as head manager as a senior.