Brian Eskildsen and Adam Gierlach named assistant coaches
Brian Eskildsen joined the Rice University men's basketball coaching staff in July 2013. He spent the previous three seasons on staff at Stanford.
During Eskildsen's tenure in Palo Alto, the Cardinal claimed the 2012 National Invitation Tournament title to cap off a 26-11 campaign that saw a program-record 17 home wins and four all-conference honorees. Stanford returned to the NIT in 2013 and advanced to the second round behind first team all-Pac 12 team honoree Dwight Powell.
In Eskildsen's three years as Recruiting and Video Coordinator, Stanford won 60 games and improved by 11 wins in his second season under head coach Johnny Dawkins. Eskildsen oversaw the recruiting database while assisting the coaching staff in the coordination of all recruiting efforts. He was also responsible for handling film exchange and assisted the coaching staff with scouting video.
Eskildsen previously served as the Director of Basketball Operations at the University of New Orleans for the 2009-10 season. His duties included travel, scheduling, directing summer camps and overseeing academics. The 2009 University of Tennessee graduate served on the scout team and as an office assistant for the Lady Vols under head coach Pat Summitt. While at Tennessee, he was a member of two national championship teams.
A native of Fairfax, Va., Eskildsen currently resides in Houston.
Men's Basketball Closes Roundball Showcase...
11/24/2015 - Rice finishes out the Roundball Showcase this Wednesday, Nov. 25, when it hosts Lamar. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.
Fresno State Pulls Away from Rice, 82-65
11/22/2015 - For the second straight game ,Rice started out hot, but could not keep it going, as Fresno State snapped a five-game losing streak to the Owls, 82-...
Men's Hoops Hosts Fresno State in Roundball...
11/21/2015 - Rice continues its five-game homestand this Sunday, Nov. 22, when it hosts Fresno State in the second game of the Roundball Showcase. Tip-off is...
Comeback Falls Short as Rice Drops Home Opener ...
11/20/2015 - Rice made a valiant comeback attempt, but ultimately, it fell short, as the Owls dropped its home opener, 77-69, to Oregon State Thursday night at ...
Men’s Hoops Begins Five-Game Homestand...
11/18/2015 - Rice begins a five-game homestand this Thursday, Nov. 19, when it hosts Oregon State. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT and will televised by ASN.
San Francisco Controls Owls
11/17/2015 - Rice got down early and could not catch up, falling 80-54, to San Francisco Monday night at War Memorial Gymnasium.
Men’s Basketball Closes Opening Road Trip...
11/15/2015 - Rice closes its opening road trip this Monday, Nov. 16, when it faces San Francisco. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. CT and will be live streamed...
Rice Falls at No. 14 Cal in Season Opener
11/14/2015 - Rice dropped its second straight season opener, 97-65, at 14th-ranked California, Friday night in front of 10,530 at Haas Pavilion.
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