Amaker Announces Hiring of Eskildsen as Assistant Coach

Amaker Announces Hiring of Eskildsen as Assistant Coach

Eskildsen joins a Crimson program looking to capture a fifth straight Ivy League crown (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's basketball head coach Tommy Amaker has announced the hiring of Brian Eskildsen as an assistant coach.

Eskildsen arrives in Cambridge after spending the 2013-14 season with the Rice Owls as an assistant coach to head coach Ben Braun. While at Rice, Eskildsen served as the team's recruiting coordinator and was in charge of opponent scouting. Eskildsen worked directly with the Owls' post players on the court, and was also responsible for game scheduling.

Prior to his time in Houston, Eskildsen spent three seasons at Stanford working under head coach Johnny Dawkins, a former teammate of Amaker's at Duke. As the Cardinal's recruiting and video coordinator, Eskildsen was responsible for assisting in all facets of the recruiting process, including managing the program's recruiting database. Additionally, Eskildsen assisted with scouting video and film exchange.

Stanford claimed the 2012 National Invitational Tournament title with Eskildsen on staff, capping off a 26-11 campaign. The Cardinal returned to the NIT in 2013.  Stanford went 60-42 overall during Eskildsen's time in Palo Alto, placed seven individuals on the All-Pac-12 teams and had 18 individuals earn recognition on the Pac-12 All-Academic teams.

Eskildsen began his coaching career in 2009-10 as the director of operations for the University of New Orleans. He attended Tennessee as an undergraduate and served as a program assistant and scout team player for the Lady Vols under Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame head coach Pat Summitt. While at Tennessee, he was a member of two national championship teams.

Eskildsen is a native of Fairfax, Va., and is an alum of WT Woodson High School, the same high school Amaker attended.