Jamal Brunt began his association with University of Richmond basketball as director of operations in 2005, then moved to an assistant’s position in 2007 and elevated to associate head coach in 2013.

His 10-year stay at UR ended Friday, when he accepted a position on the Miami staff. Brunt, 34 and a Baltimore native, is a 2003 graduate of Randolph-Macon College, where he was a standout guard and an assistant coach.

“Jamal and I have become extremely close friends, and he’s meant the world to me and to the program,” said Chris Mooney, Richmond’s coach of 10 years. “He has poured an incredible amount of energy and time into our players and our program.”

On the Miami staff, led by coach Jim Larranaga, Brunt replaces Michael Huger, who was named Bowling Green’s coach Thursday.

Brunt said Larranaga, a former George Mason coach, “has always given me insight about the profession, so when this opportunity came about, it was one that seemed to fit and make a lot of sense.

“I’m forever grateful to coach Mooney for the opportunity he gave me. I was able to learn and grow under a guy who is a great person and a great coach. ... The relationships that I’ve been able to form with coaches, staff and players, they’ve been great.”

Mooney said he hasn’t hired a replacement for Brunt.

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