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.