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Assistant coach Brian Ellerbe is in his third season on the DePaul basketball staff in 2012-13 after being named to his current position on May 5, 2010.
Ellerbe's first season at DePaul laid the foundation as part of Purnell's staff to rebuild the program. In addition to handling recruiting duties throughout the country, Ellerbe also developed BIG EAST All-Rookie Team honorees Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young. Melvin was also named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year for the first major BIG EAST award by a DePaul player.
The 2011-12 campaign saw continued improvement as the Blue Demons trended upward in victories, points per game and steals per game. DePaul's 74.1 scoring average was its highest mark since the 1994-95 season while the 7.9 steals per game were the most since the 2002-03 campaign.
Ellerbe served as head coach at Michigan from 1997-01 and Loyola (Md.) from 1994-97. He also made stops as an assistant coach at Bowling Green (1986-88), George Mason (1988-89), South Carolina (1989-90) and Virginia (1990-94).
During the 2009-10 campaign, Ellerbe helped George Washington reach the postseason and record the first winning record since the 2006-07 season. The Colonials went 16-15 and qualified for the College Basketball Invitational Tournament.
He came to George Washington after spending eight years as a basketball consultant for collegiate and youth programs as well as four years as vice president for corporate development for Madison Grace Construction Services.
As head coach at Michigan for four seasons, the Wolverines won 14 games against nationally ranked teams and earned an automatic bid to the 1998 NCAA Tournament. That team won the inaugural Big Ten Tournament as the No. 4 seed with wins over Iowa, Minnesota and Purdue. Ellerbe also guided Michigan to the NIT in 2000. He joined the program as an assistant coach in 1997 before begin named interim head coach. Ellerbe played a key role in the recruitment, coaching and development of NBA players such as Jamal Crawford (8th pick in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls), Robert "Tractor" Traylor (6th pick in 1998 by the Dallas Mavericks), and Cory Alexander (29th pick in 1995 by the San Antonio Spurs). Other NBA draft picks developed by Ellerbe include Bryant Stith (13th pick by the Denver Nuggets in 1992) while coaching at Virginia and Jamie Watson (47th pick by the Utah Jazz in 1994) at South Carolina.
Prior to his stint at Michigan, Ellerbe served as the head coach at Loyola College in Baltimore for three seasons (1994-97).
A native of Capitol Heights, Md., Ellerbe is a 1981 graduate of Bowie High School and a 1985 graduate of Rutgers where he still holds the school's single-game assist record with 16 helpers against N.C. State on Dec. 27, 1984.
While at Bowie, Ellerbe was the top scorer in the Washington, D.C. metro area and was a first team All-Met selection by the Washington Post. He played in the 1981 McDonald's Capital Classic alongside Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing among others.
Ellerbe and his wife, Kimberly, reside in Chicago along with their daughter, Amelie.
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