In an effort to replace now-departed assistant coach Brendan Mullins’ spot on the bench, Illinois State men’s basketball brings in a new face to fill the void.

ISU head coach Dan Muller announced that University of North Dakota head coach Brian Jones has been named the associate head coach for the Redbirds starting this upcoming 2019-2020 season.

Muller was not only excited to bring in Jones for the Redbirds’ turnaround, Jones also emitted the same sort of emotions.

“I’m excited about this opportunity,” Jones said. “This is a chance to work with a good friend of mine in Dan Muller, who is someone I have tremendous respect for. I think it is a privilege that I can come down and to not only serve a group of young men, but also work with Dan as he continues his program at a strong MVC level.”

Jones comes to ISU after 13 seasons as North Dakota’s head coach, leading the Hawks to the 2016-17 NCAA Tournament and was named Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year in that time.

“I couldn’t be more excited to add Brian to our staff,” Muller said. “I’ve known Brian for a long time and I’ve always respected the level of coach and person that he is. With his experience and success, he will add tremendous value to our staff and program.”

This story will be updated.

JONATHAN BARLAS is Sports Editor for The Vidette. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @janveselybarlas

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