Utah State University-College of Eastern Utah Assistant Coach Brian Edelstein has been named Interim Head Coach for the 2011-12 basketball season. He replaces Coach Brad Barton who died suddenly, Oct. 4, 2011.
“I am humbled and gratified for the confidence the administration has shown by my selection as interim head coach of such a successful basketball program,вЂќ Edelstein said. вЂњThis is not how I envisioned becoming a head coach.вЂќ
Edelstein said he admired Barton and the positive impact the coach had on him, the team and the program at USU Eastern.
вЂњIt is my intention to carry on in Coach B’s footsteps and provide stability and leadership for the great young men in this program,вЂќ Edelstein said. вЂњI look forward to the opportunity and the challenge.вЂќ
Coach Edelstein came to USU Eastern from the University of South Carolina. Athletic director, Dave Paur and assistant coach, Dave Hammer, will assist him for the season.
Paur has coached the USU Eastern women’s basketball team since 1989. Prior, he was head men’s basketball coach at California’s King’s River Junior College and athletic director and football and basketball coach at Chowchilla High School. В
Hammer came to USU Eastern from Westminster College where he was an assistant for the women’s basketball program.