PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania’s John R. Rockwell Head Coach of Men’s Basketball, Glen Miller, has completed his staff by naming Mike Martin, Chris Sparks and Perry Bromwell, C'87 as assistant coaches.
“I am excited to bring all three of these guys on board for the coming year,” said Miller. “Mike is a guy I recruited, coached as a player and had alongside me on the bench this past season, so I know he will do a terrific job here. Chris is another person with whom I shared coaching experience with, and he was someone I thought of immediately for my staff. Lastly, I felt it was important to hire someone within the Penn basketball family. Perry is an example of why this program has had so much success over the years. His passion and pride for Penn basketball is evident and I am confident he will help us continue our winning tradition.”
Martin comes to Penn after working with Miller at Brown University, both as a player and as an assistant coach. Most recently, he served as an assistant coach for the 2005-06 Bears, helping them finish 6-8 in the Ivy League (with the six wins coming against six different teams) and an overall mark of 10-17.
A four-year starter at Brown under Coach Miller, Martin was part of the winningest class in the Bears’ 100-year basketball history (63-45 four-year record). He also helped the Class of 2004 to a school-record 39-17 Ivy League mark during that period-the best by an Ivy League team other than Penn and Princeton since 1970. Martin currently ranks 10th in career assists at Brown with 232.
An economics major at Brown, Martin was co-captain of Brown’s 2003-04 team that finished second in the Ivy League standings for the third time in his four years. He also helped the Bears to a school-record four straight winning seasons.
A native of Agawam, Mass. -- where he starred at Cathedral High School -- Martin averaged 11 points per game for Brown as a senior. He also played a major role on the Bears' 2003 team that posted a 12-2 Ivy League mark and earned a berth in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).
After graduating from Brown, Martin spent the 2004-05 season playing professionally for Dart Killester in Ireland's top division of professional basketball.
Sparks recently completed his first season as an assistant coach at Central Connecticut under head coach Howie Dickenman, who was this year's selection as Northeast Conference (NEC) Coach of the Year. The Blue Devils went 18-11 overall and finished second in the NEC with a 13-5 regular-season record before losing to eventual NCAA participant Monmouth in the quarterfinal round of the NEC Tournament. Sparks came to New Britain after spending a year as the Director of the Eastern Invitational Basketball Clinic in Neptune, N.J.
Sparks was a member of Glen Miller's staff at Brown for the 2003-04 season, when the Bears went 14-13 overall (10-4 Ivy League) and were led by Ivy League Player of the Year Jason Forte. Prior to that, Sparks was an assistant coach at Rhode Island College and the University of New England. At RIC, he helped with practice and game coaching duties, opponent scouting and fundraising, and was the recruiting coordinator for the Anchormen. At the University of New England, from 1999-2002, he was involved in all aspects of the program.
A 1999 graduate of the University of Southern Maine, Sparks was a three-year player while earning a bachelor’s degree in history. Prior to his collegiate career, Sparks graduated from Wilbraham & Monson Academy (Mass.) in 1995.
A native of Springfield, Mass., Sparks and his wife, Leah, have a son, Keenan.
Bromwell is a name recognizable to Penn basketball fans. After playing a year at Manhattan, where he was the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Rookie of the Year, he came to the Quakers and was a first-team All-Ivy selection all three years he played. Bromwell culminated his career by leading Penn to the 1987 Ivy League title and earning the conference’s Player of the Year honor. He sits 14th on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,265 points -- accumulated in just three years -- and is Penn's season and career leader in three-point field-goal percentage (.506 his senior year, the first year the three-point shot was introduced). Bromwell was inducted into Penn’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003.
Following graduation, Bromwell enjoyed a professional career playing in England, Norway and The Philippines. His first coaching stint came in 1993-94, when he was a player/assistant coach with the Nottingham Cobras in England. He then took over as head coach at the University of Nottingham the following year, and has had countless opportunities since then including assistant coaching positions at Ursinus College and Frostburg State.