June 1, 2012

Brett Self Joins Women’s Basketball Staff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont women's basketball head coach Brittney Ezell announced Friday the addition of Brett Self as a new assistant coach for the 2012-13 campaign.

Self comes to Belmont after a two-year stint at Wagner College.  As a young, first time assistant, he served as recruiting coordinator, defensive coordinator and post development coach for two seasons. 

Prior to arriving at Wagner, Self worked as a graduate assistant at Auburn University during one of the most successful seasons in Auburn history, 2008-2009.  During that time Auburn was the regular season SEC champion and coached by the SEC Coach of the Year, former Olympic head coach, Nell Fortner.  The 08-09 Auburn Tiger team finished the season with a 30-4 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

"I am excited to announce the hiring of Brett Self as the newest addition to our women's basketball staff," Ezell said.  "Brett arrives with tremendous Division I experiences in the Southeastern Conference at Auburn University and in the Northeastern Conference at Wagner College.  His work with Coach Nell Fortner at Auburn and Coach Gela Mikalauskas will allow him to contribute immediately in all facets of the program."

"He is a bright, energetic, young coach with an incredible amount of passion for the game and for teaching.  We are excited to implement some of the new ideas and approaches that Brett will bring to our program.  Most importantly, Brett's character, work ethic, integrity and competitive drive will only enhance his first class representation of Belmont University.  We are so pleased to have him join us."

"I'm very excited to have the opportunity to become part of the Belmont family.  I believe in the direction Coach Ezell is taking this program on and off the court," Self said.  "I have a great amount of respect for Coach Ezell.  She is a proven winner as a player and a coach.  There is a strong foundation already in place and I'm very fortunate to become a part of their winning vision.  I'm looking forward to bringing my passion for the game to help accomplish great things here at Belmont."

Self graduated from Auburn in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Business/Marketing before earning his Master's in Adult Education.  He played four years at Hooper Academy, helping his team win the Alabama Independent School Association (AISA) Championship in 2004.  Self was also a nominee for the Jimmy Hitchcock Top Christian Athlete Award.

The Pintlala, Ala., native is the son of Darrell and Barbara Self.  Darrell is a legendary high school head coach in the AISA Hall of Fame.

What Others Are Saying About Brett Self:

 "Brett Self is an amazing young coach who has that "special something" that is hard to describe.  He is charming and witty, bright and determined.  His number one quality is in developing relationships.  He is loyal, trustworthy, hardworking and will make a difference at Belmont University.  He is a phenomenal teacher of the game and is passionate about winning.  Coach Ezell and Belmont have hit a homerun by adding Brett to their family."

– Kerry Creamins, University of Denver Head Coach

"Brett is a rising star in this profession!  Hard working, great understanding of the games and relates to today's athletes very well.  He proved himself as an excellent recruiter at Wagner these past two years and he will do the same at Belmont."

– Nell Fortner, former head coach Auburn University