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College basketball | SCF hires juco assistant Brock Erickson as men's head coach

MANATEE -- State College of Florida has named Monroe College assistant Brock Erickson as its men's head basketball coach, the school announced Thursday.

Erickson, 37, has spent 11 seasons as an assistant coach, the past five at Monroe College in New Rochelle, N.Y. The Mustangs finished third in the 2011 National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament and fifth in the 2012 tournament.

"I am thrilled to be a part of the State College of Florida family, and I thank SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner and (athletics director) Matt Ennis for giving me the opportunity to serve as the SCF men's basketball head coach. We are committed to being the hardest playing team in the country, and we want to establish a culture of doing things the right way on and off the court," Erickson said in an SCF release.

Monroe College head coach Jeff Brustad commended Erickson and wished him success at SCF.

"His tireless work effort, knowledge of the game and loyalty will be missed. His efforts continued the success here at Monroe, and I'm confident he will make an immediate impact at SCF. Though we are sorry to see him go, we are happy for him as he branches off to start his bright future," Brustad said.

Erickson replaces Joe Whelton, who resigned after one season because he said the school was unwilling to commit the resources necessary to create a winning atmosphere. The Manatees finished 7-19 in Whelton's only season.

"We are excited to welcome Coach Erickson to SCF," Ennis said. "He has been an integral part of one of the premier NJCAA basketball programs in the country. His basketball knowledge, focus on academic success, and his strong track record as a recruiter make him the right individual to return our program to its once glorious status."

During his college career, Erickson played two years at the University of Rhode Island under former Boston College coach Al Skinner before joining the basketball team at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass.

From 2004 to 2006, Erickson was the assistant coach at the College of Eastern Utah when the team had the highest win total over a two-year period in the college's history. As assistant coach at City College of New York from 2001 to 2004, his team had the most wins in a season since 1950.