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Coaching Staff

Ross Hodge
Associate Head Coach

Hodge, a 16-year coaching veteran who has guided a number of former players to professional leagues including the NBA, enters his second season as Associate Head Coach with North Texas in 2018-19.

In 2017-18, North Texas finished with 20 wins, a 12-win improvement, and won the 2018 College Basketball Invitational. The Mean Green went 5-1 in the CBI, including two of three in the Championship series to claim the title. Hodge helped North Texas break multiple school records including three-pointers made, total points and total rebounds. Only three teams in the nation grabbed more rebounds than North Texas (UNC, Duke, Gonzaga).

Hodge joins the Mean Green after spending a season with McCasland at Arkansas State. Hodge was named the No. 6 recruiter in an top-10 list of recruiters outside the high-resource conferences. Hodge was a part of Arkansas State’s fourth 20-win season in school history and had the second-biggest turnaround in NCAA Division I basketball in 2016-17.

Prior to Arkansas State, Hodge spent four seasons with head coach Larry Eustachy at Colorado State. Hodge served as the lead recruiter at Colorado State and helped the Rams to an 87-48 record over his four-year stint. During his time at Colorado State, the Rams advanced to postseason play twice, including the NCAA Tournament in 2013.

During Hodge’s time in Fort Collins, the Rams completed a four-year stretch with 87 wins, the most in program history. Colorado State led the Mountain West in scoring each of the past two seasons, ranking 36th nationally in 2015-16 averaging 79.4 points. The Rams posted a program-best 27-7 record in 2014-15, concluding the year with an NIT appearance.

Hodge was named a top-five assistant coach in the Mountain West conference by Next Up Recruits in 2013. The Rams went 26-9 in 2012-13 bowing out in the third round of the NCAA Tournament to eventual champion Louisville. The Rams led the nation in rebound margin (+11.9) and ranked 31st in scoring margin (+9.3) and Colorado State entered the national polls for the first time since 1954.

Hodge joined the Division I coaching ranks when he was hired by Eustachy as an assistant coach at Southern Miss prior to the 2011-12 season. The Golden Eagles posted a 25-9 record and finished second in Conference USA with an 11-5 mark. Southern Miss received an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament as an eighth seed.

Before joining Eustachy at Southern Miss, Hodge compiled a record of 146-24 in head coaching stints at Midland Junior College (2009-11) and Paris Junior College (2006-09). In his two-year stint with Midland College, Hodge guided the Chaparrals to an impressive 63-7 (.900) record and coached eventual San Antonio Spurs and Orlando Magic guard Jonathon Simmons. Hodge saw his 2010-11 squad post a 33-4 record while winning the Western Junior College Athletics Conference Title, the Region V Tournament championship and advance to the NJCAA Championship game. In his first season (2009-10), following McCasland’s departure to Midwestern State, Hodge led Midland College to their best start in program history (26-0) and an appearance in the Region V Tournament title game.

Hodge coached for four years at Paris Junior College, the last three as head coach. In those three seasons, Hodge led the Dragons to an 83-17 (.830). The Dragons won two Texas Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season championships and in 2006-07 he was named the conference coach of the year. The following season, Hodge earned Region 14 Coach of the Year honors after his team won the Region 14 Tournament and finished eighth in the NJCAA Tournament.

Between 2003 and 2005 Hodge served as the assistant men's basketball coach at Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he helped the Lions to the 2004-05 Lone Star Conference Championship, and a spot in the NCAA Division II Sweet 16.

Hodge was a two-year starter at Paris Junior College, where he won the Bobby Walters Leadership Award in 2001. He finished his playing career at Texas A&M-Commerce, where he was honored with the Terry Allen Award for leadership and positive representation on and off the court in 2003.

Hodge, a native of Dallas, Texas, and his wife, Shelly, have a daughter, Emery, and a son, Reed.
Matt Braeuer
Assistant Coach

Braeuer comes to the Mean Green from the College of Charleston, where he had served the last two years and helped lead the Cougars to back-to-back 25-win seasons and Colonial Athletic Association regular-season and tournament titles.

Braeuer has made multiple coaching stops before Charleston, including spending one year at Midland College from 2010-11, where he coached under now-UNT associate head coach Ross Hodge. In that season, the Chaparrals went 33-4 and reached the NJCAA Division I national championship game.

Braeuer earned a job at the University of Maryland under head coach Mark Turgeon. There, he served as the men's video coordinator and was responsible for assisting with scouting, game preparation and video analysis of practices and games.

Following his two-year stint at Maryland, Braeuer coached at Sam Houston State from 2013 through 2016. The Bearkats made back-to-back appearances in the Southland Tournament championship game and turned in 24-win and 26-win seasons. Sam Houston also earned three postseason berths to the Tournament.

Braeuer was a three-year starting point guard at Wichita State from 2004 to 2008. Braeuer ranks in the top 15 all-time in career three-pointers made (130) and career assists (308) for the Shockers. During his playing time at Wichita, the Shockers made the NCAA Tournament and reached the Sweet Sixteen and earned a top-10 national ranking.

After earning his bachelor's degree in sport administration from Wichita, he served as a graduate assistant for the Shockers. He received his master's degree in sport management in 2010.

Braeuer is a native of Belton, Texas, and graduated from Belton High School, where he played under his father Ed. As a senior, he was named a Texas Class 5A First Team All-State and First Team All-Region selection. Braeuer also garnered MVP honors for District 13-5A.

He is married to Katie Braeuer (formerly Henderson).

Jareem Dowling
Assistant Coach

Jareem Dowling enters his second season as an assistant coach with the Mean Green in 2018-19.

In 2017-18, Dowling helped North Texas earn 20 wins and be crowned 2018 College Basketball Invitational Champions after going 5-1 in the postseason tournament.  

Dowling brings 11 years of collegiate coaching experience to North Texas. Most recently, he spent a year as an assistant coach with McCasland at Arkansas State.

Before ASU, Dowling served as the head coach of the Scotland Performance Institute, a prep school in Scotland, Pennsylvania. While with SPI, Dowling developed several players that went on to earn college scholarships, including three that signed with Division I programs.

Prior to SPI, Dowling spent three seasons at Southern Miss as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He helped the Golden Eagles post a three-year record of 65-37 (.637), while earning a pair of postseason berths. Three players during that span garnered All-Conference USA honors.

In 2013-14, Southern Miss posted a school record 29 wins, claimed a share of the C-USA regular-season championship, posted a perfect 15-0 record at home and made its second straight trip to the NIT Quarterfinals. The 2012-13 campaign saw Southern Miss post a 27-10 record and capture its first postseason victories since 1988, as Southern Miss made a trip to the NIT Quarterfinals.

Dowling moved to Southern Miss after spending one season at Morehead State. In his lone season with the Eagles, Dowling assisted with all aspects of the program, including recruiting, practice/game preparation and player development. He was also responsible for monitoring the academic progress of all student-athletes in the program.

He joined Morehead State's staff after three seasons in a similar capacity at Slippery Rock. Dowling helped the Rock to three consecutive winning seasons, including 21-win campaigns in 2008-09 and 2010-11.

Prior to Slippery Rock, Dowling was an assistant to legendary junior college coach Bill Lewit at Cecil College. Dowling's recruiting and scouting contributed to a 97-6 overall record in three seasons from 2005-08.

Cecil won three Maryland state regular-season championships, three state tournament titles, two regional championships, two Holiday Tournament championships and the 2006 NJCAA Division II national championship during Dowling's tenure. The Seahawks also finished the season ranked No. 1 in the nation in each those three years.

Originally from St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Dowling moved to Wilmington, Del., during his high school years. He led Howard High School to the Blue Hen Flight B championship game and the state's final four as a senior. Dowling earned honorable mention all-state and first team all-conference honors that season, also securing a spot in the Delaware State Blue and Gold All-Star Game.

Dowling was a two-year starter at Cecil, leading the team to the 2000-01 Maryland JUCO regular-season championship. He earned all-tournament honors in addition to receiving the team's Hustle and Defense Awards. After an injury in 2001-02, Dowling led the Seahawks to the Region XX Championship and the NJCAA Division II Final Four in 2002-03. His two-year record at Cecil was 51-11 and he played with nine eventual Division I players.

Dowling then transferred to Maryland Eastern Shore, where he was a two-year starter. He scored a career-high 22 points, including five three-pointers, against Baylor. He earned his degree in sociology from UMES in 2005.

He also boasts multiple years of high-level international coaching experience, dating back to 2007, when he worked for Virgin Islands Basketball Federation (VIBF) at the junior level. During his seven years with the VIBF, he led Virgin Islands national teams to two silver medals and a pair of bronze medals.

Dowling served as head coach of the U.S. Virgin Islands U17 Junior National Team in 2008 and led that squad to a silver-medal finish at the Caribbean Basketball Championship in Antiqua and Barbuda.

His Virgin Islands national squads have participated in FIBA events in Puerto Rico, the United States, Antigua, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Singapore and Brazil - giving Dowling beneficial basketball contacts around the globe.

Dowling earned his bachelor's degree in Sociology from UMES in 2005, and he received a master's degree in Sports Management from California University of Pennsylvania in 2011.

Dowling is married to Cierra Dowling and has a daughter, Laiya Croix Dowling.

Andy Schmitt
Director of Basketball Operations

Andy Schmitt joined the Mean Green in October 2018 as the team's Director of Basketball Operations. He spent the previous year at New Mexico State where he helped the Aggies reach the NCAA Tournament and win the Western Athletic Conference Tournament. 

Previously, Schmitt spent two seasons at Division II Texas A&M-Commerce, where he was an assistant coach under Sam Walker while also earning his second Master's degree, this one in secondary education. Schmitt helped the Lions reach the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in program history and saw two players named all-conference.

In his first season with A&M-Commerce, the Lions knocked off five top-25 opponents, three on the road, and set the school's single-game scoring record with 132 points against Houston-Tillotson.

Prior to joining the Lions, Schmitt served as a graduate assistant coach and director of basketball operations at Austin Peay while earning his Master's. Schmitt also oversaw team travel, film, scouting reports and monitored academics for the team.

Before his time in Clarksville, Tenn., Schmitt was a student assistant at Illinois. During his time there, the Fighting Illini went 60-42, twice reached the NCAA Tournament (2011, 2013) and earned a Maui Invitational title in 2013.

The Quincy, Ill., native received his bachelor’s degree in communications from Illinois in 2013 and then his masters in health and human performance with honors from Austin Peay in 2014.

Schmitt and his wife Jen have one daughter, Emersyn and will have a newborn this coming spring.

Andrew Hudiburg
Director of Scouting

Andrew Hudiburg enters year two with North Texas as the director of scouting.

Hudiburg comes to North Texas after serving as the director of scouting at Arkansas State last season under McCasland. Hudiburg joined McCasland's staff after two years as an assistant coach at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. While working for the Bulldogs, Hudiburg helped the program to two conference tournament appearances and a 33-24 record. The 2014-15 campaign saw SWOSU become the first No. 8 seed to upset the No. 1 seed in the Great American Conference Tournament. The Bulldogs finished the 2014-15 campaign ranked No. 3 nationally in fewest turnovers. Hudiburg helped develop three all-conference selections in his time with the Bulldogs.

Hudiburg spent the summer of 2015 as a personal assistant and intern for Phoenix Suns player development coach, Irving Roland. In that role, Hudiburg assisted with offseason and pre-draft workouts, including individual workouts and skill development with current Suns players. He also reviewed game film and player tendencies of Western Conference all-stars.

While working toward his bachelor's degree at Baylor, Hudiburg served as a student assistant with the men's basketball team. He assisted in player development, scouting reports, equipment distribution and coordinated film of games and practices. During his four years, Baylor advanced to the postseason four times, including the 2012 NCAA Elite Eight and 2014 NCAA Sweet 16. He aided in the development of six NBA draftees in his tenure with the Bears.
Phil Baier
Strength and Conditioning Coach

Baier joins the Mean Green athletic department as an assistant strength coach. He will work directly with the men’s basketball team. 

Baier comes to North Texas from after Arkansas State, where he was the assistant director of strength and conditioning. At Arkansas State, he was responsible for the development and implementation of strength and conditioning programs for the men’s basketball team and men's and women's track and field team, while also assisting with the football program. 

Prior to joining Arkansas State, Baier served as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at Southeast Missouri State University. During his time at SEMO, Baier was responsible for all aspects of strength and conditioning for the men’s and women’s basketball teams, tennis, and assisting with the football program. He was also the founder of the Redhawk Performance Camp, a summer strength and conditioning camp for middle and high school athletes. 

Before SEMO, Baier served as a strength and conditioning intern at the University of Southern California in 2013. He was responsible for developing the training programs for the women’s crew team and assisted with the men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s track and field, men’s and women’s water polo, baseball, women’s basketball, women’s tennis, women’s golf and women’s sand volleyball programs. 

In 2012, Baier was a strength and conditioning intern at Harvard University, where he assisted with the programs for the football, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s ice hockey, field hockey and men’s and women’s basketball teams.

A native of Braintree, Mass., Baier earned a bachelor’s degree in applied exercise sciences with a minor in coaching from Springfield in 2013. He was the Howard Resnick Award winner as the player that represents what Springfield College stands for by displaying commitment and dedication to the team both on and off the field.