YPSLIALNTI, Mich. — Eastern Michigan University new basketball coach Robert Murphy is busy in his office hiring assistant coaches that are ready to make Ypsilanti there home and according to Murphy are ready to work hard.
Murphy’s first hire, an assistant from the University of South Alabama, Mike Brown, who has been working in Mobile, Alabama for the past two years and is an Ann Arbor, Michigan native.
Brown is an experience coach with knowledge of the local high school athletes and coaches which will help in recruiting players for the Eagles.
Brown knows the sweet taste of success with maintaining solid programs at the junior college ranks with local Schoolcraft College located in Michigan and in the state of Tennessee at Mollow State Community College located in Tullahoma, Tenn.
Brown is no stranger to the Mid-American Conference and the physical style of play that dominates the league, he worked at Kent State University as the Director of Basketball Operation for the season of 2007-08 that season the Golden Flashes won the conference tournament and received a bid for the NCAA basketball tournament.
Joining the Eagles basketball coaching staff from Loyola University in Chicago is Kevin Mondro announced June 1,2011 by the Eastern Michigan University Athletic Department.
Murphy says he appreciates Mondro approach to the game and his method of teaching the game to the players and he feels that this addition to his staff is a plus for the program.
“Kevin is one of the hardest working coaches in college basketball,” Murphy said. “He brings dedication and commitment to our staff along with a wealth of knowledge of the area.”
Mondro graduated from the University of Detroit-Mercy and played basketball and earned three varsity letters. He is also from the area graduating from Riverview Gabriel Richard High School in 1983 located in the downriver area of southeast Michigan.
Before working at Loyola University, Mondro worked as an assistant coach for local basketball legend in the city of Detroit and for the Titans Perry Watson.
Murphy recently hired what he described as a man that is a fixture on the basketball court throughout the southeastern portion of Michigan and is pleased to have him joining the Eagles coaching staff is Benny White.
White is 57 years-old and is a 1977 graduate of Michigan State University where he played basketball under Spartan legendary coach Jud Heathcoat. After the 1973 season he was named as the Most Improved Player on the team and in the 1975-76 season served as a co-captain.
After graduation White worked as an graduated assistant coach under Heathcoat before moving forward in his coaching career at Wayne State University in Detroit.
White’s coaching career has taken him to the city of Detroit and the shore line of the mighty Detroit River to the west coast and working for another Spartan team at San Jose State University.
White returned to the city of Detroit and worked with Watson before finding success at the high school level, coaching in the highly competitive Public School League at Martin Luther King High School.
White has not been on courtside in while because he is employed by the mayor of the city of Detroit Dave Bing as an executive assistant
“Benny White brings tremendous life skills,” Murphy said about White. “He will contribute to our players success on and off the court.”
Murphy staff seems to be an example of hard working coaches that know the area well and have a great deal of knowledge of the Mid-American Conference.
Eastern Michigan University basketball fans are hoping that all the hard work and leadership being provided by Murphy will be enough to reap the reward of a conference title and a tip to the NCAA Tournament.
About the Author
Written by Mel Suiter
Graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2002 and have been working as a beat writer for The Ypsilanti Courier covering Eastern Michigan University football and men's basketball during my school career and after graduation. I like the Mid-American Conference and the rest of the mid-major conferences.