Brickey Returns To Duke

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: August 25, 2008

Robert Brickey DURHAM, N.C. — Duke University Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie has announced the addition of Robert Brickey and Sarah Smoak to the women’s basketball staff, effective immediately.

Brickey joins the Blue Devils as the Assistant Director of Basketball Operations, while Smoak will serve an internship in 2008-09. He rejoins the Blue Devil family after a three-year stint as the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Shaw University.

He will coordinate off-campus camps, on-campus recruiting and coordinate various marketing efforts. Prior to his arrival at Shaw, he was an assistant coach at James Madison (2004-05), Southern Methodist (2002-04) and the United States Military Academy (2000-02).

“We are very excited to welcome Robert back after an incredible career as a student-athlete here at Duke,” said McCallie. “He will offer a broad range of support for our student-athletes plus tremendous experience at Duke as well as pursuing a national championship, which he did in his career.”

“I’m thrilled he has head coaching experience and he understands what it takes to effectively run a program and I anticipate many, many conversations furthering our development of our camps, on campus recruiting and other relevant issues.”

This marks the second stint as a Duke staff member as Brickey was the Community Outreach Coordinator with the Blue Devils in 1999-00, prior to getting into the coaching business.

“Robert’s passion for Duke is totally motivating to all of us here,” said McCallie. “Having the opportunity for him to work with our student-athletes and allow them to glean from his experiences at Duke as a student-athlete and somebody who has pursued the highest level, will be excellent for our program.”

A native of Fayetteville, N.C., Brickey played four years at Duke from the 1986-87 season through the 1989-90 season. He served as team captain in 1990 and received first team All-ACC Tournament honors in 1988. He was a member of three Final Four teams and started in the national championship game in 1990.

Known for his athleticism, Brickey had a brief stint with the Global Basketball Association’s Raleigh Bullfrogs in the early 1990s. He received his bachelor of arts degree in political science from Duke University.