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Brian  Townsend

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Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
Michigan '91

Brian Townsend, a former University of Michigan and NFL linebacker, is preparing for his fifth season on the Bobcat sideline after joining the Ohio men's basketball staff as an assistant coach on May 21, 2003.

Townsend's roles in the Bobcat program include overseeing the defense, player development and offseason conditioning. In addition to his responsibilities in recruiting, he brings enthusiasm, mental toughness and a winning attitude to the team. That attitude has allowed him to earn six championship rings, including four Big Ten championships as a player and state high school and MAC Tournament titles as a coach.

Prior to his appointment in Athens, Townsend stepped down as the head boys basketball coach at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Mich., to pursue a job on a college staff. In 1999, he led the Pioneers to their first state championship and was named the Ann Arbor News Coach of the Year both that season and the next. After leading his team to its third 20-win season in four years, Townsend earned the Region 6 Coach-of-the-Year distinction in 2002 from the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan.

Townsend recorded 11 sacks and 115 tackles during his four-year college career, during which the Wolverines made three Rose Bowl appearances by winning the Big Ten championship and one Gator Bowl appearance after sharing the 1990 conference title. In 2000, Wolverine Magazine named him to the Michigan Football All-Decade Team.

Picked in the 11th round of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams, Townsend played for both the Rams and Cincinnati Bengals over two seasons. He then began his coaching career as a varsity assistant at his former school, Northwest High School, in Cincinnati.

Townsend earned two bachelor's degrees from Michigan, one in sports management and communication in 1991 and another in physical education and social science in 1996.

Townsend is married to the former Whitney Winberg.