Bryant University-Men's Basketball

Coaching Staff

Brock Erickson | Associate Head Coach


Brock Erickson joined the Bryant men's basketball staff in April 2018 as the Bulldogs' associate head coach.

Erickson arrives in Smithfield after spending last season as an assistant coach at Kent State. In his one year in Kent, the Golden Flashes advanced to the MAC Semifinals and picked up wins on the season over NCAA Second Round team Buffalo and Pac-12 member Oregon State. The Kent State backcourt was directed by Jalen Avery, the nation's top player in assist-to-turnover ratio (5.04).

Prior to his time in Kent, Erickson spent four years on the staff alongside Coach Grasso at Iona. In all four of his seasons at Iona, the Gaels reached the MAAC Championship game and earned bids to either the NCAA Tournament or the NIT.

In the 2016-17 season at Iona, Erickson helped guide the Gaels to a 22-win season and a No. 14 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Iona won the Great Alaska Shootout with a victory over Mountain West champion Nevada, while the Gaels were one of the best perimeter shooting teams in the nation, finishing the year at 39.7 percent shooting from 3-point range.

Prior to his time at Iona, Erickson served as the head coach at State College of Florida in Bradenton, Florida. In 2012-13, he guided the Manatees to a No. 8 ranking by the FCSAA. His team led the nation in scoring that season at 95.1 points per game. SCF captured the 2013 Suncoast Conference Tournament title and qualified for the state tournament for the third time in 15 years.

Erickson's coaching resume also includes stints as an assistant coach at Monroe College, College of Eastern Utah and City College of New York. All three programs set new benchmarks for wins during his time with them.

Erickson is no stranger to the Ocean State, having played college basketball at Rhode Island before transferring to Assumption. Erickson graduated from Assumption in 1998.


Phil Martelli, Jr. | Assistant Coach

Phil Martelli, Jr. joined the Bryant staff in April 2018 as an assistant coach.

Martelli arrives in Smithfield after spending last season at his alma mater, Saint Joseph’s, as the Hawks’ director of program administration. His stint in Philadelphia follows a year in the NBA G-League with the Delaware 87ers (now Delaware Blue Coats) and 13 seasons as a Division I assistant coach.

Prior to his year with the G-League affiliate in Delaware, Martelli spent five seasons on the staff at the University of Delaware, where he helped the Blue Hens to an NCAA tournament appearance in 2014. The Blue Hens set a program-best mark for conference wins over a five-year stretch (55) and placed eight players on CAA all-conference teams, along with two all-rookie, two all-defensive and four all-academic team honorees. Seven Blue Hens saw time professionally from the teams Martelli coached at Delaware.

From 2006 to 2011, Martelli was an assistant coach at Niagara, helping the Purple Eagles to a 95-69 record in his five years, including the 2007 MAAC Tournament title and a victory in the NCAA Tournament.

He also served in the same position at Manhattan in 2005-06, while beginning his career in 2003 at Central Connecticut as the youngest (22) full-time assistant coach in Division I at that time.

A 2003 alum of Saint Joseph’s, Martelli was a four-year player for the Hawks and a member of the teams that made NCAA Tournament appearances in 2001 and 2003. A team co-captain in 2002-03 with Jameer Nelson, he received his bachelor's degree from SJU in marketing.

Martelli and his wife Meghan have three children - a daughter, Marra, and sons Philip and Nathan.


Chris Cole | Assistant Coach

Chris Cole joined the Bryant men's basketball staff in June 2018 as an assistant coach.

Cole arrives in Smithfield after spending the last five seasons as the head coach of Rock Creek Christian Academy in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Rock Creek recorded a Washington Post top-five ranking in four of Cole's five seasons at the helm and cracked the USA Today Top 25 in 2017. Cole was four-time CBAA Coach of the Year for a team with three CBAA championships, three Maryland state runner-up seasons and four CBAA Player of the Year honorees.

A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Cole began his playing career at Hartford in the 2005-06 season, a year in which Grasso was a member of the Hawks staff. He would transfer to New Mexico State to continue playing for the Aggies before earning his bachelor's degree from Cal State Dominguez Hills.

 


Eamonn Mahar | Director of Operations

Eamonn Mahar joined the Bryant men's basketball staff in June 2018 as director of basketball operations.

Mahar joins the Bryant staff after spending last season as a graduate manager at Iona, where he oversaw travel, video and other logistical elements for the Gaels' MAAC championship team in 2017-18. Prior to Iona, Mahar worked as a runner for four years with the Hoop Group, managing social media, logistics, budgets, and overseeing a staff of 45 interns.

Mahar graduated from SUNY Cortland in 2017, finishing his undergraduate degree in three years, while serving as a manager for the Red Dragons. He is the son of former Columbia, Newbury, and Johnson State head coach Buddy Mahar, who spent 35 seasons in collegiate and high school coaching. He is the brother of former Chaminade and Assumption head coach Matt Mahar, who is now the director of athletics at Narragansett High School.


Luke St. Lifer | Director of Basketball Analytics

Luke St. Lifer joined the Bryant staff in August 2018 as the Bulldogs' Director of Basketball Analytics.

St. Lifer will contribute to the Bryant staff in the areas of analytics and video, adding another staff member with championship experience to the Bulldogs. The Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, native graduated from Florida Southern in May after three seasons on the court for the Mocs, including an NCAA Division II tournament appearance in 2018. St. Lifer was a manager on the 2015 Florida Southern team that won a Division II national championship and served on student government as a freshman.

St. Lifer spent the summer of 2017 as the Director of Player Development Intern at Green Bay and gained experience as a summer camp coach at Iowa and Georgia Tech. He also worked as a summer coach at the Robert Jacobson Sports Foundation and John ByDook Basketball Academy.