Taliek Brown, captain of UConn’s 2004 NCAA National Championship team, is in his first year on the Connecticut coaching staff as the director of player development.
Brown has close interactions with the student-athletes, building strong personal relationships with them, while initiating and participating in off-court activities that teach and develop life skills. He will also supervise the graduate assistants for the men’s program.
Brown, a native of Corona, N.Y., was a McDonald’s All-American out of St. John’s Prep (Astoria, N.Y.). He was a four-year starting point guard for the Huskies under Hall of Fame Coach Jim Calhoun and is the only player in UConn history to score at least 1,000 points (1,039, 47th all-time) and hand out at least 700 assists (722, 1st all-time). He played in 134 games for UConn (7th), averaging 7.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 5.4 assists (3rd).
After leaving UConn, Brown had a 10-year career as a professional player, playing in the CBA and USBL, as well as multiple foreign pro leagues, including franchises in Venezuela, Turkey, Poland, Mexico and Canada.
When his playing career ended, Brown spent time as an assistant coach at LaGuardia Community College (New York City) and as head coach at August Martin High School (New York City). He also oversaw the Teamfootprintz Basketball Training Program, in which he ran basketball clinics, trained professional players and mentored young adults in basketball and life skills.