|Alma Mater:||Hood College '12|
Straughn joins the Hawks after spending the 2018-19 season as an assistant coach at Loyola Maryland and brings a wealth of experience coaching at the high school and AAU levels in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland.=
“Brenden came highly recommended for his ability to relate to the student-athletes, his networking, work ethic, creativity and his on-court enthusiasm. Coming from a fellow Jesuit school in Loyola, we expect him to be totally embraced into the community here at Saint Joseph's and we're excited to move forward with Brenden,” said Lange.
The native of New Carrollton, Maryland, was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Eleanor Roosevelt High School, during a successful run in which the team went 123-25 and won two Maryland 4A State Championships and three Prince George county titles from 2013 to 2016.
Straughn has also served as an assistant coach for one of the D.C. area's premier AAU programs, Team Takeover, since 2013 and was the associate head coach from 2016 to 2018. In 2017, he guided Team Takeover to the Jordan Brand 8 Invitational title and the Peach Jam title in 2018.
He has coached over 70 Division I players for Team Takeover, including three McDonald's All-Americans. Straughn led the on-court coaching and player development efforts for the program while also assisting with recruiting and player evaluation. Straughn was instrumental in the planning of some of the nation's premier youth basketball events, such as the National High School Hoops Festival, the Victor Oladipo Skills Academy and the D.C. Metro Challenge.
“I'm very blessed and excited to join the Saint Joseph's community and basketball program. The opportunity to work with Coach Lange as we develop young men at the highest level, both on and off the court, is something I look forward to,” said Straughn. “I believe the Saint Joseph's program has a tremendous opportunity to add to its storied tradition and I'm ready to be a part of it.”
Straughn, a 2012 graduate of Hood College in Maryland, was a four-year starter and three-year team captain there. At the time of his graduation, he ranked among the school's top 10 in scoring and was second in assists and steals.