Brian Ellerbe

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Brian Ellerbe
Sport(s) Men's basketball
Current position
Title Assistant coach
Team Morgan State
Conference MEAC
Biographical details
Born (1963-09-01) September 1, 1963 (age 53)
Seat Pleasant, Maryland
Playing career
1981–1985 Rutgers
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1985–1986 Rutgers (grad. asst.)
1986–1988 Bowling Green (asst.)
1988–1989 George Mason (asst.)
1989–1990 South Carolina (asst.)
1990–1994 Virginia (asst.)
1994–1997 Loyola (MD)
1997–2001 Michigan
2009–2010 George Washington (asst.)
2010–2013 DePaul (asst.)
2015–present Morgan State (asst.)
Head coaching record
Overall 59–106

Brian Hersholt Ellerbe (born September 1, 1963) is an American basketball coach.

The Seat Pleasant, Maryland native served as head men's basketball coach at Loyola-Maryland from 1994 to 1997, and then at the University of Michigan from 1997 to 2001.


Ellerbe attended Bowie High School in Bowie, Maryland. He was a four-year starter at Rutgers University from 1981 to 1985.[1] Ellerbe played in the backcourt at Rutgers with John Battle for Tom Young.

Ellerbe served as a graduate assistant at Rutgers in the 1985–86 season, before becoming an assistant coach at Bowling Green for two seasons. In the 1988–89 season, Ellerbe was an assistant coach at George Mason University, then at South Carolina the next season. From 1990 to 1994, Ellerbe was an assistant at Virginia.[2]

Ellerbe became head coach at Loyola University Maryland in 1994. In three seasons, Ellerbe turned the team from 9–18 to 13–14.[3]

From 1997 to 2001, Ellerbe was head coach at the University of Michigan.[3] Ellerbe led Michigan to an appearance in the 1998 NCAA Tournament and 2000 NIT. However, all of Ellerbe's wins in his first two seasons at Michigan were later vacated as a result of the University of Michigan basketball scandal in which four players received money from booster Ed Martin. These infractions dated to the previous coaching staff, and Ellerbe himself was cleared of wrongdoing. Following a 10–18 season, Michigan fired Ellerbe on March 13, 2001.[4][5]

Ellerbe left coaching to become a consultant for youth and collegiate basketball programs. In 2005, Ellerbe became vice president for corporate development at Madison Grace Construction Services.[1]

In 2009, Ellerbe returned to basketball coaching at George Washington under Karl Hobbs.[1] From 2010 to 2013, Ellerbe was an assistant at DePaul on the staff of Oliver Purnell.[2] In 2015, Ellerbe joined Todd Bozeman's staff at Morgan State.[6]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Loyola Greyhounds (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) (1994–1997)
1994–95 Loyola (MD) 9–18 5–9 T–6th
1995–96 Loyola (MD) 12–15 8–6 4th
1996–97 Loyola (MD) 13–14 10–4 T–2nd
Loyola (MD): 34–47 23–19
Michigan Wolverines (Big Ten Conference) (1997–2001)
1997–98 Michigan 0–8[Note A] 0–5[Note A] [Note A] NCAA Second Round
1998–99 Michigan 0–19[Note A] 0–11[Note A] [Note A]
1999–2000 Michigan 15–14 6–10 T–7th
2000–01 Michigan 10–18 4–12 9th
Michigan: 25–59 10–38
Total: 59–106

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

^A. Due to NCAA sanctions, a total of 36 wins were vacated: 24 wins from the 1997–98 season, including 11 Big Ten regular season wins, three wins in the Big Ten Tournament, and one win in the NCAA Tournament, and 12 wins in the 1998–99 season (including five Big Ten regular season wins). Michigan's 1998 Big Ten Tournament championship was also vacated. Originally, Michigan finished fourth in the Big Ten in 1997–98 and ninth in 1998–99.


  1. ^ a b c "Brian Ellerbe". George Washington University. 2009. Retrieved March 18, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Brian Ellerbe". DePaul University. 2012. Retrieved March 18, 2016. 
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  4. ^ Rosenberg, Michael (March 13, 2001). "Ellerbe era is at its end". Detroit Free Press. Archived from the original on April 13, 2001. Retrieved March 18, 2016. 
  5. ^ Rosenberg, Michael (March 14, 2001). "Eller-bye: Coach, athletic director can't even agree on whether Ellerbe resigned or was fired". Detroit Free Press. Archived from the original on April 13, 2001. 
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