Brian Michaelson is in his fifth season as an assistant coach after serving five seasons as in other capacities with the Gonzaga men's basketball program. Michaelson was a natural fit for head coach Mark Few's staff to take over for departed assistant coach Ray Giacoletti in July 2013.
Michaelson has quickly become an integral part of Gonzaga's recruiting and player development efforts. He helped lead the GU efforts to land high-profile transfers like Kyle Wiltjer, Byron Wesley, Nigel Williams-Goss and Johnathan Williams. He's also been a big part in the development of both incoming freshmen, redshirts and transfers like Wiltjer, who had a breakout season in 2015 in averaging 16.8 points per game after a redshirt transfer year in 2014. Wiltjer then led the Zags to the Sweet 16 in 2016, with a team-high 20.4 points per game.
Michaelson has helped Gonzaga to back-to-back-to-back West Coast Conference regular season and tournament titles in his first three years. Last season, he helped guide the Zags to their 19th straight NCAA appearance and the program's run to the national championship in GU's first-ever appearance in the Final Four.
In his second year, GU finished the 2014-15 season with a school-record 35-3 mark, including a school-record 22-game win streak. The Bulldogs advanced to the Elite Eight for the second time in program history.
In his first season as assistant coach in 2013-14, Michaelson helped lead Gonzaga to a 29-7 record, including a 15-3 mark in the WCC and regular season non-conference wins over West Virginia and Colorado State.
"If you look at the history of this program we've done a pretty good job of promoting qualified individuals from within," Few said. "I saw no reason to not give Brian the opportunity he earned. He played in this system, left for a few years and then decided to come back and give back to a basketball program and a university he is very passionate about. He knows the staff, the program, the university and the city."
Michaelson, a walk-on for the Bulldogs in 2001-02, graduated in 2005 with a degree in business administration after being part of five NCAA Tournament teams. Following graduation, the Portland, Ore., native remained in Spokane and worked in real estate development. He returned to the Zags during the 2008-09 season as an administrative assistant, and in the spring of 2011 was named the assistant director of basketball operations.
Michaelson played for Coach Gene Potter at Jesuit High in Portland, Ore., and won the Oregon State Class 4A Tournament as a junior before losing in the semifinals his senior season. As a senior he averaged 19.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg and was named Metro League Player of the Year, first-team All-State, first-team All-State 4A Tournament and MVP of the Oregon Holiday Invitational. His junior season Michaelson earned All-Metro and State 4A Tournament second-team honors, as well as honorable mention All-State while averaging 14.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg.
Michaelson is married to former Gonzaga women's soccer player Sarah Hawkins. The couple has two children, Parker and Cole.
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