Braswell Promoted to Assistant Basketball Coach at UTEP; Two Staffers go to Northern Colorado

UTEP Coach Tim Floyd announced on Thursday that Bobby Braswell has been promoted to assistant coach with the Miners.  Braswell has served as the Miners’ Director of Basketball Operations for the last three years.

Braswell succeeds Ken Deweese, who served in the assistant coach role for the previous five years before accepting a position at the University of Northern Colorado (UNCo).

Deweese and Vincent McGhee, Jr, UTEP’s men’s basketball graduate assistant, were announced as new hires at the UNCo Thursday afternoon.

“Coach Braswell is one of the men in this business who I have the utmost respect for,” Floyd said.  “Our players love him.  He understands the importance of an assistant coach not only recruiting, which he has done very successfully, but also coaching and mentoring players.

“As the head coach at Cal State Northridge – one of the more challenging jobs in the country – he led two teams to the NCAA Tournament and four others into the conference tournament finals.  He had previous stops at Long Beach State and Oregon as an assistant.  Prior to his collegiate coaching career, he was the head coach at Cleveland High School in the Los Angeles area, where he coached numerous players on to the Division I level.”

Braswell compiled 251 victories at Cal State Northridge with NCAA Tournament trips in 2001 and 2009.  The Matadors were the Big Sky Conference regular season and tournament champion in 2001, the Big West Conference regular season champ in 2008, and the Big West Conference regular season and tournament champion in 2009.

He was chosen the Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year in 2001, and the Big West Conference Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2009.

He engineered a trio of 20-win campaigns at Northridge.  His squad posted a historic victory during the 2000-01 campaign, upsetting no. 15 UCLA at Pauley Pavilion 78-74.  It was the team’s first victory over a nationally ranked squad.  He coached a total of 12 players who earned first team All-Conference honors, including the school’s no. 1 scorer and no. 2 rebounder Brian Heinle.

As an assistant coach, Braswell was a part of an NCAA Tournament team at Oregon (1994-95) and two NIT squads at Long Beach State.  He recruited the players that formed the 49ers’ 1993 NCAA Tournament qualifier.

Braswell’s Cleveland High School teams won two Valley League titles and he was twice chosen Coach of the Year.  Among the players he coached at Cleveland High School were Lucious Harris (Long Beach State), Eddie Hill (Washington State), Adonis Jordan (Kansas) and Trevor Wilson (UCLA).  Harris and Wilson played in the NBA.  Harris was with Dallas, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Cleveland and Wilson was with Atlanta, the Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento and Philadelphia.

Braswell and his wife, Penny, have three children, two of which attend UTEP.