Moton, NCCU complete staff
The N.C. Central basketball team that recently ran through the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with just a single regular-season loss will look quite a bit different the next time around, from the guys wearing shorts to the ones sporting slacks.
NCCU coach LeVelle Moton has hired Brian Burg and Michael Cotton as assistant coaches to go along with a recruiting class that has made the Eagles a bigger, longer team.
Burg and Cotton replace assistant coaches Wes Pifer and Donald Thomas.
Pifer, a Creedmoor native who is a South Granville graduate, now is an assistant coach at Northern Arizona. He joined Moton’s staff in 2011.
NCCU spokesman Chris Hooks said he didn’t know where Thomas went after his sole season at NCCU.
Burg spent the past four seasons at Campbell, where he served as an assistant coach and a recruiting coordinator and is credited with signing 2012 Big South freshman of the year Trey Freeman.
“Brian is one of the best recruiters in the nation — period,” Moton said. “His regional connections and ties to outstanding programs have given him a credible track record in this business.”
Cotton was at Rider College in Lawrenceville, N.J., and before that he coached at Bucknell. He was the head coach at Durham’s Kestrel Heights, a public charter high school, from 2007-08.
“He’s a fierce recruiter,” Moton said.
College head coaches need assistants who can bring in quality players. NCCU, coming off a 22-9 season, has added six recruits averaging 6-7, 204 pounds. Three are available immediately, while NCAA transfer rules will force the others to wait. The NCAA requires student-athletes transferring from one Division I school to another to sit out a year.
NCCU won’t have the 14.7 points per game that Stanton Kidd produced for the Eagles this past season, as he has transferred to Colorado State, CSU spokesman Danny Mattie confirmed on Tuesday.
Kidd (6-7, 215), who was the Eagles’ second leading scorer and the MEAC’s No. 3 scorer, said he left NCCU in search of a program that would let him face the basket more.
NCCU also lost backup point guard Drimir Ferguson and reserve forward DavRon Williams when the two transferred from the program.