“We are very fortunate to have Jean here at Dartmouth,” said Cormier. “He has shown tremendous dedication and enthusiasm, plus has taken great ownership in doing the extra things it takes to have a successful program. Everything he has done for Big Green basketball has earned him this promotion.”
In the two years Bain has been at Dartmouth, the Big Green have improved by at least three victories each season. In 2012-13, Dartmouth added four wins to its overall and conference record from the previous year, and last season tacked on three more victories to enjoy its best final record in 15 years, even with the mid-season loss of All-Ivy League center Gabas Maldunas.
Bain has also headed up the Big Green’s recruiting efforts, bringing much needed size to the roster with each of his first two classes, including a pair of 6-10 big men in sophomore Cole Harrison and freshman Alex Wolf.
Prior to his tenure in Hanover, Bain spent six seasons on Bill Herrion’s staff at New Hampshire, where he recruited three student-athletes that went on to record more than 1,000 points in their careers. He began his career as a coach at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2004-05 and helped lead the Engineers to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament.
A 2002 graduate of Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, Bain was a standout player during his four years. He was chosen as the America East Rookie of the Year in 1999, then went on to be a two-time captain. In his senior campaign, he earned all-conference honors and was selected as the team MVP.