Bryan Joel Named Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach

Bryan Joel Named Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach

CHICAGO – Head Men's Basketball Coach Mike McGrath announced on Thursday that Bryan Joel has been promoted to full-time assistant coach for the University of Chicago men's basketball team.

Joel will begin his fourth season on the UChicago staff in the 2018-19 academic year – he served the previous three years as a volunteer assistant coach. His coaching duties included involvement in recruiting, player development, game planning, scouting and statistical analysis.

"Our program has been extremely fortunate to have Bryan serve as a volunteer for the past three seasons. We are incredibly excited to have him moving into the full-time position," McGrath said. "Bryan is smart, hard-working and motivated. He is a talented coach who will do a great job of connecting with our current team members and recruits due to his experiences, personality and communication skills."

Joel graduated from Caltech, where he was a two-year captain of the men's varsity basketball team and helped lead the Beavers to their best conference season in 44 years. He finished third all-time in three-point field goal percentage, third all-time in steals and fifth all-time in assists. He is also in the top 10 for three-point percentage in a season and steals in a season.

Joel graduated from Caltech in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He went on to earn his master's degree in predictive analytics from Northwestern University in 2017.

"I am thrilled to be moving into the full-time assistant role here at the University of Chicago," said Joel. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on staff the past three years and am eager to have a greater impact going forward. I'm very grateful for the opportunity Coach McGrath gave me three years ago when I was first brought on staff and even more grateful for this promotion. This is an incredible program to be a part of and it's full of very impressive young men. I'm excited to do all I can to help the University of Chicago men's basketball program succeed at the highest level."