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Missouri State hires Brad Korn as assistant basketball coach
05/22/2013 2:54 PM
05/22/2013 2:54 PM
Brad Korn will leave his job as director of basketball operations at Kansas State to become an assistant coach on Paul Lusk’s staff at Missouri State.
Korn, 31, replaces Patrick Baldwin, who left for Northwestern, his alma mater, after two years with Lusk at Missouri State.
“I’m very excited to add Brad Korn to our staff,” Lusk said in a statement announcing Korn’s hiring. “He has experienced a lot of success in this league as a player and a coach. He understands this league and what it takes to win in the Missouri Valley. He’s a well-rounded coach and is a great addition to Missouri State.”
Korn played for K-State coach Bruce Weber at Southern Illinois from 1999-2003 and his final season for current Purdue coach Matt Painter in 2003-04 before becoming a graduate assistant and later an assistant coach for the Salukis under Chris Lowery during 2006-12. Korn and Lowery joined Weber’s staff at K-State last season.
“I’m really happy for Brad and his family. This gives him the opportunity to return to the floor and be able to coach, which is what he did for eight years at Southern Illinois prior to coming to K-State,” Weber said in a statement. “He was a huge part of our success this past year and I will always be appreciative for what he did for me and the program. It’s hard to lose someone like Brad, but I’m excited for him to be able to get back into the coaching profession and do what he loves to do.”
Kansas State finished 27-8 overall and claimed a share of its first regular-season conference title since 1977 last season. Missouri State was 11-22 last season.
“Any time you get an opportunity to be with good people and good places in this business, you feel fortunate,” Korn said. “I’ve had an opportunity to experience that here at Kansas State, and I look forward to the same with Coach Lusk at Missouri State. There’s such great tradition in The Valley, and it’s such a great brand of basketball, I’m excited to be a part of it again.
“When this opportunity came up, I had a chance to really see the whole campus and experience the city for the first time, and it was eye opening. I really like what I’ve seen, and I know we’re excited to be a part of something special in Springfield.”