Providence, Rhode Island - Brown men's basketball assistant coach TJ Sorrentine has been promoted to Associate Head Coach in an announcement made by Bears' head coach Jesse Agel. Sorrentine, who is instrumental in the Brown's recruiting efforts and on-court player development, has been an assistant coach for the Bears for the last three years.
"I've had the pleasure of having coached and mentored TJ for the last 10 years as a player and assistant coach," said Agel. "He has given everything to this program since his arrival three years ago, and this promotion is well deserved. It will only be a matter of time before he becomes a head coach."
As an assistant coach at Brown, Sorrentine helped develop several young players, including point guard Sean McGonagill, the 2011 Ivy League Rookie of the Year. His recruiting and player development efforts have yielded five players who were named Ivy League Rookie of the Week 10 times in the last two years.
A Pawtucket, Rhode Island native, Sorrentine was the leader of the Vermont basketball team that upset Syracuse in the opening round of the 2005 NCAA Championship. Agel guided him as an associate head coach at Vermont and recruited Sorrentine to the Catamounts' basketball program.
A 2005 graduate of Vermont with a B.A. in sociology, Sorrentine was a two-year captain, America East Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year, a three-time First Team All-conference player and an Honorable Mention All-American. He was also named to the America East Academic Honor Roll in 2002 and 2003.
The point guard led Vermont to two NCAA Tournament appearances (2004, 2005), and hit the game winning three-point basket that crushed the Syracuse Orangemen in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the DCU Center in Worcester.
Sorrentine played professionally from 2005-2008, playing with Kk Krka in Slovenia, FC Porto in Portugal, Branca Nouvo Trappani in Italy, and the Florida Flame of the NBA Developmental League. He also played in the NBA Summer League with the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks.
Sorrentine's roots run deep through Rhode Island where he was a standout at St. Raphael's Academy in Pawtucket, earning All-State honors, while playing for his father, Thomas. He was the Rhode Island Player of the Year (USA Today, Gatorade) in 2000 after leading St. Ray's to back-to-back state titles.