Ellerbe is Loyola basketball pick

April 14, 1994|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Sun Staff Writer

Brian Ellerbe will be introduced today as the new head men's basketball coach at Loyola College.

Ellerbe, a four-year assistant at Virginia, replaces Skip Prosser, whois returning to take over at Xavier (Ohio) after guiding the Greyhounds to their first NCAA tournament in his rookie head coaching season, a year after Loyola went 2-25.

"We had a couple of good candidates, and he was the best person available," Loyola athletic director Joe Boylan said yesterday.

"He has had a variety of experiences at very good institutions. We're very excited. I think he's going to do a terrific job for us. I think he'll continue to take us in the direction that Skip started."

Although he is only 30, Ellerbe, who could not be reached for comment last night, has compiled an impressive, well-traveled resume that includes five assistant coaching positions over nine years.

At one point, he was the youngest assistant coach in Division I.

Born in Washington, D.C., Ellerbe graduated in 1981 from Bowie High School, and Boylan successfully recruited him to attend Rutgers.

After earning a bachelor's degree in urban planning, Ellerbe joined the Rutgers staff as a graduate assistant for a year.

From there, he coached at Bowling Green for two years and did one-year stints at George Mason and South Carolina before joining the Virginia staff.

"He [Ellerbe] actually has more experience than Skip had at the Division I level," Boylan said. "Obviously, you've got to be good to make the moves that he's made."

Boylan said Ellerbe will be awarded a multi-year contract, with the length to be determined.

The season for Loyola and Virginia ended last month on the same floor at the hands of the same team early in the NCAA tournament's West Regional.

In the first round, the Greyhounds lost to Arizona.

Two days later, Arizona, the eventual regional champion, eliminated Virginia.

Virginia head coach Jeff Jones, who also lost assistant Dennis Wolff this week to Boston University, could not be reached for comment.

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