Lorenzo Neely Named Assistant Coach
June 12, 2003
BERKELEY - Lorenzo Neely, a former player for Ben Braun at Eastern Michigan, has re-joined his college coach as an assistant on the University of California staff, Braun announced Thursday.
Neely comes to Cal after serving the past season as an assistant coach at Wayne State. He spent the previous two seasons at Western Michigan and was an assistant at Michigan from 1998-2000. Neely began his collegiate coaching career at his alma mater as an assistant coach from 1996-98, helping the Eagles to the 1998 NCAA Tournament.
'Lorenzo brings significant college basketball experience to our program,' said Braun, who was head coach at EMU from 1986-96 before taking over the Cal program in September 1996. 'His successful leadership skills as a player and coach will help solidify our staff and provide our players with a valuable coaching resource. I'm excited to have one of my former players join our staff.'
One of the best players in Eastern Michigan history, the 6-0 Neely played for Braun for four seasons from 1988-91. He started 115 of 124 career games and finished his career as the fourth-leading scoring in school history with 1,528 points and first in assists with 521. He was a key part of Mid-American Conference championship and NCAA Tournament teams in 1988 and '91.
The MAC Freshman of the Year in 1988, Neely was selected first team All-MAC as a senior and second team all-league his junior season.
After graduating, Neely participated in training camps with the NBA's Detroit Pistons and Portland Trail Blazers before taking his first coaching position as associate head coach and head junior varsity coach at Redford High School in Detroit from 1992-95.
Neely, a Detroit native, received his bachelor's degree in communications and business management from Eastern Michigan in 1991. He and his wife, Tina, have one daughter, Raven.