|Position:||Associate Head Coach|
Jean Bain joined the Columbia staff in June 2016 after a four-year stint as Dartmouth's associate head coach and was elevated to the same role with the Lions in the summer of 2017.
Bain works with Columbia’s perimeter players and serves as the program’s recruiting coordinator. He is also responsible for scouting opponents and player development.
In his first year on the sidelines, first-year point guard Mike Smith set a rookie scoring record with 368 points. Additionally, Nate Hickman and Quinton Adlesh had breakout seasons for the Lions in 2016-17. Hickman started all 27 games and averaged 11.8 points per game, which was third on the squad. Adlesh was one of the top sixth men in the Ivy League and ranked fifth in the Ancient Eight, knocking down 40.9 percent of his tries from 3-point range.
With the Big Green, Bain was responsible for recruiting and developing post players, which included two-time All-Ivy League selection Gabas Maldunas. He also played a large role in the recruitment of Evan Boudreaux, the 2016 Ivy League Rookie of the Year and two-time All-Ivy League selection.
Dartmouth increased its win total in each of Bain’s first three seasons and helped the Big Green reach the 2015 CollegeInsider.com Tournament, the team’s first postseason berth in 56 years.
Prior to Dartmouth, Bain spent six seasons at the University of New Hampshire. At UNH, Bain worked closely with the perimeter players, including Tyrone Conley who he mentored to all-rookie status followed by
Bain began his coaching career at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2004-05, a thrilling season in the program’s history as the team set a new school record with 24 regular-season victories while winning the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular-season and tournament titles. Having qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in 20 years, WPI advanced all the way to the Sweet 16. In addition, he served as the assistant director of the WPI Summer Basketball Camp.
A 2002 graduate of Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, Bain was a standout player during his four years. He was chosen as the America East Rookie of the Year in 1999, then went on to be a two-time captain. In his senior campaign, he earned all-conference honors and was selected as the team MVP.