Wright to join D&E cagers

Assistant was GA at the University of Washington

ELKINS — Davis & Elkins head men’s basketball coach Daniel Mondragon has announced the addition of assistant coach Brandon Wright to the team beginning in the 2019-20 season.

Wright, who becomes the first hire for Mondragon since taking over the program, arrives in Elkins after spending the 2018-19 basketball season as a graduate assistant at the University of Washington. He broke down film and identified opponents’ defensive tendencies for scouting reports while working under 2018-19 Pac 12 Coach of the Year Mike Hopkins.

He worked closely with 2018-19 Pac 12 Player of the Year Jaylen Nowell to improve his shooting form, resulting in a 9 % increase in his 3-point field goal percentage from the 2017-18 season. Washington’s defensive efficiency improved from 73rd nationally to 18 as Wright helped share his experiences and perspectives on the 2-3 zone defense employed by the Huskies.

Wright was the head student manager for the Syracuse men’s basketball program from 2015-18, where he oversaw a student staff of 18 people and managed logistics for team meals on road trips. The Orange made several deep runs in the NCAA Tournament during Wright’s time with the program, including a Final Four appearance in 2016 and trip to the Sweet 16 in 2018.

Wright also worked as the head coach of the Syracuse men’s club basketball team as an undergraduate, where he organized tryouts, team selection and practices. He led the Orange club basketball squad to its first number one ranking in program history as the team led the conference in defense and rebounding.

He worked with the Syracuse athletic department as a marketing intern from 2015-16, helping to organize promotional events and marketing campaigns for the athletics programs at the university. His work helped the men’s soccer team break a single season and single game attendance record.

Wright earned his bachelor’s degree in human development with a minor in Chinese studies from Syracuse in 2018. He went on to earn his master’s in education, focusing on intercollegiate athletic leadership, from Washington in 2019.

The Senators begin the 2019-20 campaign on Nov. 10 at Ferris State.