Brad Korn, a former player for Bruce Weber with more than a decade of Division I coaching experience, is set to begin his third season as an assistant coach at Kansas State in 2018-19.
In two years back at K-State after a three-year stint at Missouri State (2013-16), Korn has helped the Wildcats to 46 wins and consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including a 25-win campaign and Elite Eight appearance in 2018. In his first year back in 2016-17, the squad won 21 games, including eight over teams that advanced to the postseason, and knocked off Wake Forest in the NCAA First Four before losing to No. 18 Cincinnati in the NCAA South Regional First Round.
Working primarily with the post players, Korn has been a big influence on the development of senior Dean Wade, who became just the fourth Wildcat to earn All-Big 12 First Team honors in 2018. Wade was one of just 15 players in the Big 12 era (since 1996-97) to average at least 15 points, 5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals in a single season as a junior in 2017-18.
Korn was also key in the growth of All-Big 12 selections Wesley Iwundu and D.J. Johnson during his first season as an assistant coach in 2016-17. Iwundu, who was twice named Third Team All-Big 12, became the first Wildcat since 2008 to be taken in the NBA Draft when he was selected with 33rd overall pick by the Orlando Magic. Johnson, an honorable mention all-league selection, broke the career field goal percentage record at 59.5 percent, while setting the single-season mark for the second consecutive season at 62.3 percent in 2016-17.
Korn spent one season on Weber’s inaugural staff at K-State as Director of Operations in 2012-13, helping the Wildcats to a 27-8 overall record and their first-ever Big 12 regular-season title. It was the school’s first conference title since 1977, while the 27 wins were the second-most in school history.
Overall, he has 14 years of Division I experience, which includes time at his alma mater – Southern Illinois (2004-12).
Korn has extensive ties to Weber after playing his first four years (1999-2003) for him at Southern Illinois. He redshirted in 1999-2000 before playing the next three years for Weber. He concluded his playing career for current Purdue head coach Matt Painter in 2003-04 before spending the next eight years (2004-12) at SIU as an assistant for then Saluki head coach and current K-State associate head coach Chris Lowery.
Korn returned to Manhattan in May 2016 after three seasons at Missouri State, where he served as an assistant coach to then head coach Paul Lusk from 2013-16. At MSU, he helped the Bears to 44 wins, including a 20-win season and a trip to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament in 2013-14.
Korn 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.
Prior to his first stint at K-State, Korn spent eight years (2004-12) at Southern Illinois, including the last six years as a full-time assistant under Lowery. He helped the Salukis post a 145-116 (.556) overall record with four postseason appearances, two Missouri Valley Conference championships and one State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title. The squad won 20 or more games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament on three occasions (2005, 2006, 2007) during his tenure as an assistant coach, including a 2007 trip to the Sweet 16. He was a graduate assistant at SIU his first two years before being elevated to a full-time assistant coach on Jan. 31, 2006.
A native of Plano, Ill., Korn helped the Salukis through one of their greatest periods of success from 1999 to 2004. The squad went from 16 wins his redshirt freshman season to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances under Weber and Painter. He was also a part of three Missouri Valley regular season championships as a player.
The 6-foot-9 forward saw action in 121 games in his career, averaging 5.2 points and 2.3 rebounds in 14.5 minutes per game. As a senior, he averaged 9.7 points on 41 percent shooting with 4.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists in helping SIU to 25 wins and a 17-1 mark in MVC play. He was named to the league’s Most Improved Team. He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the university in 2004, while he earned credits towards a Master’s in Sports Studies.
Korn, 37, and wife, Kristin, have two daughters, Brielyn (7) and Ashtyn (4).