Army assistant men’s basketball coach Brandon Linton was announced as the men’s basketball head coach at Nichols (Mass.) College on Thursday. Linton has been an assistant at Army for the past five seasons and takes over for a Division III Nichols team that posted a 28-3 record last year, the best in the school’s history. Nichols also advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. The previous head coach, Scott Faucher, took the same role at Assumption (Mass.) College in May.
“I cannot wait to begin the process of getting to know our current players and continuing to build on the foundation they have created,” Linton said in a press release. “I would also like to thank (Army) head coach Jimmy Allen, my fellow assistants, and the student-athletes at Army for a great ride these past five seasons.”
In Linton’s first season at Army, he helped the Black Knights reach 15 victories for the third straight year for the first time since 1970. After two seasons on staff, Linton was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches 30-under-30. Army went 19-14 during that 2015-16 campaign, marking the program’s most wins since 1977-78. During the Army-Navy game in 2017, Linton was a part of the staff that coached Army to a historic comeback, erasing a 25-point deficit in the final 13 minutes to leave Annapolis, Md., with a 71-68 triumph.
"Brandon Linton has been an essential part of some of the most successful Army West Point basketball teams in the last few decades,” said Army head coach Jimmy Allen. “He is a tireless worker with a terrific knowledge of the game and always has a great attitude. Most importantly, Brandon is an authentic person who builds meaningful relationships with everyone around him. He will do the same at Nichols and I am excited to see what the future holds for both him and the basketball program. Nichols is getting a great basketball coach and an even better person."
Linton posted on Twitter on Thursday that he was “beyond humbled and excited for this opportunity.”
"Brandon was selected from an extremely talented pool of candidates," said Nichols athletic director Eric Gobiel, "and we are excited for him to begin building upon the tremendous success of our men's basketball program."