August 13, 2008

Lamar Barrett and Kyle Cieplicki Named Assistant Basketball Coaches

Aug. 13, 2008

Providence, RI - Lamar Barrett, a former assistant coach at Central Connecticut State and the University of New Haven, and the former Director of Hoop Group Elite, has been named an assistant basketball coach at Brown in an announcement made by Bears' head coach Jesse Agel.

In addition, Agel named former Vermont standout Kyle Cieplicki as the Bears' volunteer assistant coach.

Barrett has a myriad of coaching experience at the college and high school levels. He worked for the Hoop Group and was Director of Hoop Group Elite since 2006, the nation's largest high school exposure camp. He also assisted in running other Hoop Group events.

Barrett worked as an assistant men's basketball coach at Central Connecticut from 2003-2005, and New Haven from 2005-2006. He was also the head assistant coach at the Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland from 1997-2003, winning three Prince George's County 4A Championships and two Maryland State Championships.

"In Lamar Barrett we're getting someone who will bring a vast recruiting background and has been involved with many of the same type of student-athletes we'll look to recruit at Brown," said Agel. "He's a great person, a great role model and we're thrilled that he's joining our staff.

A 1994 graduate of Elizabeth City State University with a BS in Business Administration, Barrett was a two-year team captain for the Vikings. He also played for a year at Longwood College.

Barrett, a native of Hampton Roads, Virginia who starred at Franklin High School, has worked several camps throughout his career, including the Five Star Basketball Camp, the Holy Cross Basketball Camp, and Jim Boeheim's Basketball Camp. He was the co-founder/head coach of the Prince George's County Select AAU Team (1999-2003), and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Oxon Hill County Select AAU Team (1999-2003).

He and his wife, Casandra, plan to live in the Providence area.

Cieplicki comes to Brown following an outstanding four-year career at the University of Vermont where he was the team leader on and off the court and was the first three-year captain in Catamount basketball history.

"I've known Kyle and his family for many years, and I'm extremely excited to give Kyle his initial opportunity on what promises to be an exciting coaching career," said Agel, who recruited Cieplicki to play at Vermont. "Our players at Brown will benefit from Kyle's playing experience."

Cieplicki was the UVM Athletic Department's winner of the Seaman's Trophy given to the senior student-athlete who has demonstrated a high level of athletic achievement and who earned the respect and regard from his fellow student-athletes for leadership, loyalty and service to the University.

He started 82 of 89 games over the last three years of his career and averaged 10.6 points per game as a senior. He dished out a career best 88 assists as a junior, while connecting on 42 treys. He played in two NCAA Playoff games as a freshman, making a key contribution in the first round win over Syracuse.

A native of Shelbourne, Vermont, Cieplicki was a standout at Rice Memorial High School before attending Vermont.