Kansas State basketball coach Bruce Weber took his time while searching for a new assistant, and he thinks that patient approach paid off with the addition of Brad Korn.
Korn comes to K-State after three seasons with Missouri State, but he is a familiar face around Manhattan. Korn served as director of basketball operations on Weber’s initial K-State staff during the 2012-13 season when the Wildcats won 27 games and claimed a share of the Big 12 championship.
“We are excited to welcome Brad back to the staff,” Weber said in a statement announcing the hire Wednesday. “Obviously, he has history with us, having served on our staff during that special Big 12 Championship season in 2012-13. He also played for me at Southern Illinois and got his start in coaching as an assistant coach to (K-State associate head coach) Chris (Lowery). I felt it was important to get someone who knows our system and the types of players we recruit here at K-State.”
Korn replaces Alvin Brooks III, who left to become an assistant at Baylor in early April.
Weber initially said he wanted to hire a coach with recruiting ties to Texas, like Brooks. Later, he said he would also like to target candidates with K-State backgrounds.
Korn doesn’t have much of a track record recruiting in Texas, but he does have first hand experience with the Wildcats. As a former forward, he should be able to help K-State’s big men.
“Brad has really worked his way up the coaching ranks,” Weber said. “He left our staff three years ago to get more experience and prove himself as an assistant coach and has really expanded his recruiting base. He will be a tremendous asset to Chris in recruiting the Midwest and Texas, but also in the development of some of our younger players. His experience playing our system and becoming part of the winningest classes in SIU history will be benefit in teaching some of young forwards like Dean [Wade], Isaiah [Maurice] and Dante [Williams].”
Missouri State went 44-52 with Korn on its coaching staff.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to come back to K-State,” Korn said. “I have known Coach Weber since I was 16. He has been a big influence in my life. I’m excited about this opportunity to work for him again in a new role. He’s the same, genuine person that I met in 1998 and I can’t wait to help him and the K-State family and staff. I want to do all I can to make sure K-State is as successful as possible.”
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