Four new assistants join basketball teams

University of the Incarnate Word basketball fans will see some faces among the assistant coaches for both the men’s and women’s teams this season.

Kate Henderson, head coach for the women’s team, promoted part-time assistant coach Bryant Porter earlier this summer to a full-time role and replaced departing assistants Alexis Green and Jamie Nash with Eric Dumas and Natalie Marlowe.

Bryant PorterOn the men’s team, Coach Ken Burmeister has enlisted Johnny Brown, a veteran assistant basketball coach who was once drafted by the NBA Los Angeles Clippers, to join him courtside.

In a news release, Henderson, who is beginning her third season as women’s head coach after serving some years as an assistant, said good things about her new staff members.

“Eric has a lot of experience in the Southland Conference and Natalie is a former Division I player who will bring energy to our practices,” said Henderson. “Bryant is someone I know and trust and it just made sense to promote him from part-time assistant to a full-time role.”

Dumas spent 12 seasons with the Southeastern Louisiana women’s basketball program where he was associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. He also served as interim head coach for a time. While at Southeastern he recruited and coached players who earned first-, second- and third-team conferenNatalie Marlowece honors. The 2007 and 2009 teams were Southland East Division champs.

He formerly was an assistant men’s basketball coach at his alma mater — now-defunct Lambuth University in Jackson, Tenn. – where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1996 in health and human performance. As an assistant at Lambuth, he was part of a program that averaged 20 wins per season, including a high of 28. The team achieved a ranking of No. 9 in the NAIA and made it to the NAIA Sweet 16. He was part of three Mid-South Conference regular season championship teams and coached four players who earned All-America status.

Marlowe was a four-year starter at Chicago State, who earned Great West all-conference honors three times, finishing her career second in school history with 386 assists. She graduated in 2012 with a degree in communications.

Marlowe began her coaching career at Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., serving as the program’s assistant women’s basketball coach and recruiting coordinator. She coached two Southern Athletic Association Newcomers of the Year, an SAA Defensive Player of the Year, two first team, three second team and three honorable mention all-conference selections. In her final season, she recruited and coached the D3Hoops.com South Region Rookie of the Year. She has also been the head women’s basketball coach and Eric Dumasadministrator for the Arkansas Select Basketball Club and the head girls varsity summer basketball coach at South Milwaukee High School.
Porter joined the UIW women’s basketball staff in 2014-15, but has been with the university more than three years as a strength and conditioning coach. He played college basketball at Southwestern Illinois College and coached there in 2011-12. He also played at Missouri Valley College in Marshall where he was anall-conference selection.

On the men’s team, Brown brings more than 20 years of coaching experience. In 1981, Brown started his college basketball career as a player at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. After two years at the school, Brown transferred to New Mexico where he was one of four players to score more than a thousand points in two seasons for the school. In 1986, Brown’s playing career continued as he was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers with the 146th overall pick in the draft. Although he never played in the NBA, Brown spent five seasons as a player in the World Basketball League.

In 1992, Brown began his coaching career at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif. His other coaching stops include Fresno State, Texas A&M-CorJohnny Brownpus Christi, Northern Iowa, Eastern Oklahoma (twice), Binghamton, Montana State, New Mexico Junior College, Southern Utah and Ranger College in Kilgore, Texas.

Brown joins Burmeister’s other two assistant head coaches: Brian Curtis and John Smith.

Henderson, who is beginning her third season as women’s head coach after serving some years as an assistant, said good things about her new staff members in a news release.

“Eric has a lot of experience in the Southland Conference and Natalie is a former Division I player who will bring energy to our practices,” said Henderson. “Bryant is someone I know and trust and it just made sense to promote him from part-time assistant to a full-time role.”