SE: Korn Happy to Be Back

Brad Korn is excited to be back in the Little Apple. Previously K-State’s director of operations during head coach Bruce Weber’s inaugural season (2012-13), Korn boasts a new title this time around.

After spending the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at Missouri State, Korn now rejoins the Wildcat men’s basketball staff as its newest assistant coach.

“It feels good; it’s a little bit surreal coming back in, obviously, a different capacity, but I have always had a feeling of wanting to come back here,” said Korn yesterday afternoon. “I fell in love with K-State as a whole when we got here the first time, and knowing the type of place Manhattan is and knowing the staff here, what type of guys they are and the character and integrity that they have, I knew this was a place that I would love to get back to. Also, to challenge myself personally at the highest level, that’s something I’ve always wanted to do since I began coaching.

“So to be able to check all those boxes and come back here, it’s very surreal. I’m very humbled and ready to get to work.”

A former player of Weber’s who has turned into a coach, Korn returns to Manhattan with more than a decade of Division I experience.

“I think what I bring to this staff is a little bit of everything,” he explained. “I’m starting out my 12th year as a coach in the business. I’ve seen ups and downs along the way, but I think it’s molded me to make me better. This will be now my third boss, so I’ve really been able to work with different people and see different ideas.”

Korn played for Weber at Southern Illinois from 1999-2003, and, with Weber’s departure for Illinois, Korn spent his final year of his career with the Salukis playing for current Purdue head coach Matt Painter. He then went on to spend the next eight years (2004-12) at SIU as an assistant coach for current K-State associate head coach Chris Lowery before joining Weber and Lowery at K-State in 2012.

“We are excited to welcome Brad back to the staff,” said Weber. “Obviously, he has history with us, having served on our staff during that special Big 12 Championship season in 2012-13. He also played for me [and Matt Painter] at Southern Illinois and got his start in coaching as an assistant coach to Chris (Lowery). I felt it was important to get someone who knows our system and the types of players we recruit here at K-State.”

In his previous three years at Missouri State, Korn helped the Bears earn 44 wins, including a 20-win season and a trip to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament in 2013-14.
 
He helped mentor a number of All-Missouri Valley honorees during his stay at Missouri State, including 2014 All-MVC Second Team selection Jarmar Gulley and 2016 MVC Newcomer of the Year Dequon Miller. In addition, he coached three MVC All-Freshman Team honorees in Austin Ruder in 2014 and Obediah Church and Jarred Dixon in 2016, as well as two Most Improved Team members Dorrian Williams in 2015 and Chris Kendrix in 2016.

At just 35 years old, Korn said his ability to connect with his players is one area of his coaching style that he takes great pride in.

“I want to immediately establish a relationship with the guys and continue to build that throughout the summer and when we take our trip (to Europe),” Korn said. “We’re going to be around each other so much, there has to be a trust built right away, and I think I can do that.”

With a roster that features a mix of experience and youth heading into the 2016-17 season, Korn is excited for the opportunity to spend time and build strong relationships with his new Wildcat team.

The last time he was in Manhattan the Wildcats saw great success, and now, with a whole lot of hard work, he hopes to help the team reach that level once again.

“Last time I was here we went to Brazil the summer before we won (the Big 12 Championship),” he explained with a smile. “This year we’re going to Italy, so it seems to be going that direction. To compete on that level and to give yourself a chance to do something like that is obviously the goal. While I might be a good-luck charm, it’s going to take a lot more than luck, but we’re more than willing to put in the work.”

Korn will be joined in Manhattan by his wife, Kristin and their two daughters Brielyn (5) and Ashtyn (2).