Another Division I head coaching vacancy was filled Monday afternoon, as Cornell announced that it has hired Princeton associate head coach Brian Earl as the 22nd head coach in program history.
Earl, who also played at Princeton under Pete Carril (1995-96) and Bill Carmody (1996-99), spent the last nine years as an assistant at Princeton under Sydney Johnson (2007-11) and Mitch Henderson (2011-16). Earl fills the vacancy left by the departure of Bill Courtney, whose contract was not renewed after six seasons at the helm.
Courtney took over a program that made three consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament under Steve Donahue, the last of which being a Sweet 16 appearance in 2010. But he was unable to build on that momentum, with the Big Red winning no more than 13 games in any of Courtney’s six seasons in charge. This year Cornell went 10-18 and opponents averaged just over 78 points per game.
Among the players Earl will have to work with next season are guards Matt Morgan and Robert Hatter, who combined to average 36 points per game in 2015-16. While Hatter will be a senior next season Morgan will only be a sophomore, giving the new head coach a quality talent to build his program around if he so chooses.
Earl’s hiring at Cornell comes just over two weeks after he was promoted associate head coach at Princeton.