“Jesse and Matt are welcome additions to our staff,” said Olson. “They both bring a great deal of experience to their positions and a familiarity with our internal operations.”
Mermuys, 26, joins the Wildcat staff after serving most recently as the video coordinator at
“Obviously, this is a dream job at my dream school,” said Mermuys. “This is as good as it gets for me on the college level.”
He got his start in coaching as the head freshman and varsity assistant coach at
Mermuys also served as the camp director for the Luke Walton/Richard Jefferson basketball camp, and was responsible for creating, organizing and running all aspects of the camp. He was also the program director and head coach of the Team Walton AAU program since 2004.
Mermuys is a December 2004 graduate of the
Brase, 24, returns to the
“It’s an honor to be back in this program,” said Brase. “I am excited to get started. I can’t think of a better place to begin my coaching career than at the
Brase averaged 0.7 points and 0.5 rebounds in 26 appearances during his collegiate career playing for his grandfather. He posted career-high totals of four points and four rebounds against
“Both Jesse and Matt bring a lot of experience and passion to the program, said UA associate head coach Jim Rosborough, who headed the search committee. “They each have years of experience working at our camps and are very familiar to us as a staff and with our former players.”
Mermuys and Brase fill the vacancies left by Reggie Geary, who left for an assistant coaching position with the NBA’s Developmental League, and Jack Murphy, who left for the head video coordinator’s position with the NBA’s Denver Nuggets.