Brian Johnson was named the eighth head men's basketball coach for Southern Vermont in June 2018.
Johnson brought a great deal of coaching experience to SVC which included his most recent stint: being the head coach of Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Md. since July 2016. He also served as the supervisor of athletic operations at Prince George’s since November ’16.
While at PGCC, Johnson led the Owls in winning the 2017 Maryland Junior Conference Tournament Championship before being the Regional XX Championship runner-up in both ’17 and 2018. He was named the Finestmag.com Maryland Junior College Coach of the Year for the 2016-17 campaign.
Prior to Prince George’s, Johnson was an assistant at Division I’s University of Maryland, Baltimore County for three seasons. While there, he was part of a staff that recruited Jairus Lyles—a player who propelled the Retrievers in making history in March '18 as he scored 28 points to help UMBC become the first No. 16 seed to defeat a No. 1 seed in the NCAA DI men’s national tournament.
Johnson also served as the academic liaison to the academic support staff at Baltimore County—monitoring student-athlete progress toward graduation; in 2015-16, the Retrievers posted the highest team GPA among the America East Conference’s men’s basketball teams.
The Mountaineers’ leader started his coaching career as an assistant at Goldey-Beacom College for the 2011-12 season. Johnson helped the DII Lightning squad make it to the Central Athletic Collegiate Conference Championship that year and undertook the duty of being the team’s academic liaison at that institution as well.
Johnson was a four-year player at the University of Delaware before graduating in 2010 with his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. While a Blue Hen, he recorded the second-most minutes played in team history (3,978), the third-most assists (510), the eighth-most made three-pointers (135), and the 26th-most career points (1,017). Johnson was selected to the Colonial Athletic Association All-Rookie Team in 2007.
In 2017, Mount Saint Joseph High School inducted the Baltimore native to its Athletic Hall of Fame. Johnson is currently pursuing his master’s degree in business & management with a focus in marketing from the University of Maryland University College; he anticipates to graduate in May 2019.
The 2018-19 season will be the 11th for Dave Bromirski as an assistant coach for the Mountaineers. Coach Bromirski played his high school ball for St. Mary's Academy in Hoosick Falls, N.Y. After high school, he played one year at Unity College in Unity, Maine before transferring to SUNY Plattsburgh and playing two more seasons of varsity hoops.
He has been both a varsity high school head coach and varsity assistant coach at St. Mary's Academy, Bishop Maginn and Cambridge Central School. At both Bishop Maginn & Cambridge, Coach Bromirski was part of Section 2 championship teams.
Bromirski has coached AAU for the Adirondack Highlanders and qualified his AU16 team for the national AAU tournament. Coach Bromirski also has worked at basketball camps at Williams College, College of Saint Rose and at the Green Mountain Basketball Camp.
He lives in Cambridge, N.Y. with his wife, Bridget. They have two sons and a daughter–all collegiate athletes with the youngest, William, being a 2016 SVC graduate and two-year member of the men's basketball team.
DeShawn Hamlet rejoined the Southern Vermont men's basketball program as an assistant coach prior to the start of the 2017 preseason after being a standout player in the Mountaineer uniform.
Hamlet was a four-year forward for SVC before graduating in 2016 with his bachelor's in Business Administration/Sports Management. He was the ninth Mountaineer to score 1,000 career points and finished his time at Southern Vermont with the second-most points in team history (1,549). Hamlet was one of the best to ever play in the New England Collegiate Conference--garnering the league's Player of the Year honor in 2015 before being named to his second-straight All-NECC First Team the following year; he was also selected as the NECC Player of the Week five times in his career.
Coach Hamlet's 718 rebounds while a Mountaineer have him sitting at third on the school's all-time list, and he grabbed the fourth-most steals in team history with 123. He also graduated with the second-best free throw percentage among SVC players who took at least 250 shots from the line--connecting on 327-of-456 attempt for a 71.7 percent success rate.
Neil Epstein joined Coach Johnson as an assistant for the SVC men’s basketball team before the start of the 2018-19 season.
Epstein was most recently the head coach For Believe Sports Academy’s B Team in Athens, Tennessee, as well as the assistant coach for the national post-grad team. Coach Epstein took over the team with a 0-9 record, and his squad finished 14-13 as his first year as a head coach. He handled all day-to-day basketball operations for the team—as well teaching SAT prep, organizing game transportation, facilitating player recruitment, and being a dorm parent. Coach Epstein helped with the development and recruitment of many student-athletes at the NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, junior college, and NAIA levels—such as Dexter Dennis (Wichita state), Cody Jude (UNC Ashville), Tae Hardy (Eastern Carolina University), Jason Preston (Ohio University), and Prince Shimba (Howard University).
Epstein a Silver Spring, Maryland native, graduated from Frostburg State University in 2017 with a degree in Liberal Studies—concentrating in Health and Physical Education. He served as a student manager for three years for the men’s basketball program and helped with game and practice management, individual workouts, and tasks for the coaching staff. As a senior at Frostburg, Coach Epstein served as a student assistant coach. His responsibilities included breaking down film, player development, recruiting, developing scouting reports on opponents, and presenting those reports to the players prior to game time.
Epstein served on a staff that claimed six conference wins in 2016-17—including an upset over the 11th-ranked team in the country, Salisbury University, in the final game of the season. He was also instrumental in the development of junior Tyler Michael who was named to the All-Capital Athletic Conference Second Team (16.5 ppg).
Immediately following graduation, Epstein spent the summer of 2017 coaching Saint Mary’s Ryken High School in Leonardtown, Maryland—a member of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC). He served as the head JV coach for the summer league—guiding his team to the semi-finals.