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Cornell hires Princeton associate head coach Brian Earl as head coach

Earl played in one of the most successful eras of Tigers basketball.

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Cornell has hired Princeton associate head coach Brian Earl to be its next head man. Earl has been with the Tigers for nine seasons, including a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2011.

The new Big Red head coach was the player of the year in the IVY League in 1999, and was the top 3-point shooter in IVY League history when he graduated. During his time with Princeton, the Tigers won 95 games, one of the most successful runs in school history. His is still 5th on the all-time scoring list.

After his college career, he went on to play in Germany and England, as well as in minor leagues in the U.S.

He joined the Princeton staff before the 2007-8 season and started a run of improvement in the program that saw them reach the NCAA Tournament in 2011. He has been instrumental in helping to recruit some of the best scorers that Princeton has seen.

In his nine seasons, Princeton has made five postseason appearances, and won 162 games overall. This year, the Tigers pushed the IVY League race into the final weekend, before losing out to Yale.

Earl takes over a team at Cornell that was 10-18 overall this season and just 3-11 in the IVY League. However, the core of the team is returning which should provide Earl with a good starting point to begin his rebuild in Ithaca.