Athletic Hall of Fame

Ben Braun

Ben Braun

Sport(s): Basketball

Induction Class: 2005

Served as head coach of the EMU men's basketball team from 1985-1996, before leaving to take over the head coaching duties at the University of California-Berkeley...In his 10 1/2 seasons as EMU head coach, he led Eastern to the most successful decade in EMU history in the NCAA Division I ranks, finishing as the winningest head coach in EMU history with a 185-132 record...During his EMU tenure he was named Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year three times (1987-88, 1990-91, 1995-96)...Directed the basketball team to Mid-American Conference and MAC Tournament Championships three times (1987-88, 1990-91, 1995-96)...Led EMU to three NCAA post-season tournament appearances (1987-88, 1990-91, 1995-96), including a "Sweet 16" appearance in 1990-91...Also coached the 1994-95 team to EMU's first-ever National Invitation Tournament (NIT)...Selected as head coach of the United States team at the Maccabiah Games in Israel in 1989 and led the team to a silver medal, losing in the championship game to host Israel...Enjoyed great success at Siena Heights College before joining the EMU program, recording a 148-103 record in eight seasons as the head coach...During his tenure at Siena Heights, Braun was the winningest head coach of all of the four-year Michigan colleges...Was named NAIA Michigan Coach of the Year in 1981-82.

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