Joining head coach Mike Martin's Brown basketball staff is former Boston College star Dwayne Pina, who was an assistant coach at Bryant University for the last seven seasons.
"I'm very excited to have finalized our coaching staff, starting with keeping TJ Sorrentine on board as associate head coach when I was first hired in June,” said Martin. “I’m extremely pleased to add Dwayne Pina and Kevin Snyder to our staff. In addition to their terrific coaching experience, each member of our staff has played collegiately at a high level and for highly successful programs. Beyond that, they were all challenged academically at some fine institutions, and will be able to relate to the challenges of our student-athletes at Brown."
Pina was a member of the Bryant coaching staff for the past seven seasons, joining the Bulldog coaching staff in 2005-06. He played an integral role in guiding Bryant basketball into the Division I era four years ago.
"Dwayne is someone I've known professionally and I've always admired how he approaches his duties as an assistant coach,” added Martin. “He possesses all the qualities of a great assistant coach and I think he will add a tremendous amount of knowledge, passion, and energy to our staff and program."
Pina helped the Bulldogs to three-straight NCAA Division II tournaments, including two regional championship game appearances, before the Bulldogs made the move to Division I, where he helped guide them to the program’s first DI win in 2008-09.
A 2001 graduate of Boston College, Pina earned a bachelor's degree in communications. He joined the men's basketball team as a walk-on prior to the 1997-98 season and earned an athletic scholarship midway through that year.
In 1998-99, he started all 27 games for the Eagles, averaging 4.5 assists per contest to rank seventh in the Big East. Pina was named Team Defensive MVP in 1998 and earned the honor of Top Playmaker in 1999. Pina played in 78 games for Boston College during his career, making 38 starts as a guard.
In addition to his accomplishments on the court, Pina also served his local community in Chestnut Hill. He acted as a director at the Boston College Basketball Camp during the summers from 1997-99, providing children with an interest in basketball with a fundamental knowledge of the sport, as well as providing training in the basics.
Pina started his coaching career at Rhode Island College, helping the Anchormen to a 20-9 record and first place finish in the Little East Conference. RIC excelled throughout the postseason, advancing to the championship game of the ECAC New England Division III tournament.