Taliek Brown leaves UConn men’s basketball team to join Iona coaching staff

Taliek Brown, captain of the UConn national champion team in 2004 and director of player development for the Huskies for the past four years, is leaving the program.

Brown will join Rick Pitino’s team in Iona. The former UConn point guard has wanted to become a coach for a while now.

“It’s a great situation. I couldn’t pass up this opportunity,” Brown told Hearst Connecticut Media. “I was dying to have this opportunity, so it’s perfect for me. I can go home, work with a Hall of Fame coach, it’s a winning program. It’s just the ideal situation for me.

Brown is UConn’s all-time assists leader, a four-year starting point leader under Jim Calhoun and the only player in UConn history to score at least 1,000 points (1,039) and distribute at least 700 assists (722). He played professionally for 10 years at the ABC, USBL and overseas, and coached high school and community college in New York before returning to UConn to join Dan Hurley’s staff in July 2018.

“It’s my second home,” Brown said of UConn. “I’m still part of UConn, always.”

As Director of Player Development, Brown interacted closely with UConn student-athletes, initiating and participating in off-court activities that build life skills, and supervised graduate assistants in the men’s program.

It’s unclear who will replace Brown as player manager, although it’s possible that Mamadou Diarra, who has spent the last three years as a student/graduate assistant, could be a candidate.

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