Nearly six months after Brian Meehan's employment was terminated at Brandeis in the wake of explosive accusations of "preferential and discriminatory treatment," and "racially biased harassment," the Judges have a new head men's basketball coach: Jean Bain, the associate head coach at Division I Columbia.
Meehan had coached Brandeis for 15 seasons. Last season matched the worst mark of his stint as the head of the Judges, as Brandeis finished 7-18.
A graduate of Northeastern and a former assistant coach at WPI, Bain will be experiencing a homecoming of sorts.
"I can't wait to come back home to New England to join the Brandeis family," said Bain, a Medford, Massachusetts, native. "I appreciate the opportunity given to me by president (Ron) Liebowitz, provost (Lisa) Lynch and (Interim) athletic director (Jeff) Ward. Brandeis has a national brand, and I look forward to bringing the basketball program back to prominence."
"We are very excited that Jean Bain will be the new leader of our men's basketball team," said Dorothee Kern, professor of biochemistry at Brandeis and a former member of the German national women's basketball team, who served on the search committee that reviewed more than 100 applicants for the position. "His goals align with Brandeis and the team's drive to excellence. His love and passion for the game, his competitive fire, his positive attitude and high energy are infectious."
Bain joined the Columbia coaching staff as an assistant in 2016 and was promoted to associate head coach last year. He served as the Lions' recruiting coordinator, bringing in one of the top classes in recent memory in the Class of 2021. On the court, his focus was the team's perimeter players and offensive play, helping Columbia lead the Ivy League in scoring on a points-per-possession basis in 2016-17.
Prior to his time at Columbia, Bain served as the associate head coach at another Ivy League institution, Dartmouth, from 2012 through 2016. He worked with the Big Green's post players and helped the team increase its win total in each of his first four years. He also recruited back-to-back Ivy League Rookies of the Year in 2015 and 2016. In 2015, Bain helped Dartmouth reach the postseason for the first time in more than fifty years. Before coaching at Dartmouth, Bain spent 2005 through 2012 coaching at the University of New Hampshire, where he recruited three 1,000-point scorers.
At the Division III level, Bain helped WPI to a 24-5 record and a berth in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament as an assistant in 2004-05.
Bain is a 2002 graduate of Northeastern University with a B.S. in sociology. He was the America East Rookie of the Year in 1999. Bain served as the Huskies' captain as a junior and senior, earning America East all-conferencehonors in 2002.