DePaul names Ellerbe hoops assistant

Updated: May 5, 2010, 6:18 PM ET
By Scott Powers |

CHICAGO -- DePaul men's basketball coach Oliver Purnell announced Wednesday that he had filled the team's final assistant coach vacancy with Brian Ellerbe.

Ellerbe was an assistant at George Washington last season. He has also been the head coach at Michigan (1997-2001) and Loyola, Md. (1994-97), and he's held assistant positions at Bowling Green, George Mason, South Carolina and Virginia.

"Brian's wealth of experience and credentials are impeccable," Purnell said in a statement. "Not only is he an outstanding basketball coach, he is an outstanding person. In the 30 years I've know Brian, he has recruited, mentored and developed student-athletes at the highest levels of basketball."

Ellerbe replaced Kevin Nickelberry, who left DePaul shortly after being hired last month and was announced Tuesday as Howard's new head coach.

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