WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — Brian Reese is returning to Monmouth University for a second stint as an assistant coach under fellow North Carolina alum King Rice.

The Hawks, who are moving from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to the Colonial Athletic Association in July, announced the hiring Tuesday.

Reese, who worked at Monmouth from 2011-2015, left to become the head coach at nearby Georgian Court University in 2015-16. He spent five seasons at Illinois State (2016-21) as an assistant and also worked at High Point and Wingate as an assistant prior to joining Rice in his first season at Monmouth in 2011.

Reese and King played for the Tar Heels under Hall of Fame coach Dean Smith and won a national championship in 1993.

Monmouth posted a 21-13 record this past season and lost the MAAC Tournament championship game to Saint Peter's 60-54. The 15th-seeded Peacocks went on to become the Cinderella story of the NCAA Tournament, reaching the Elite Eight where they lost to national runner-up North Carolina.


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