Hempstead, N.Y. - Hofstra University named Patrick Sellers to the position of men's basketball assistant coach, it was announced today by Head Coach Mo Cassara.

Sellers recently served on the men's basketball staff at the University of Connecticut for six years, three as the director of basketball operations from 2004-07 and three as an assistant coach from 2007-10. While serving as an assistant, Sellers was responsible for recruiting several of the players on UConn's 2010-11 national championship team.

Sellers also was responsible for developing Connecticut's frontcourt players during his time as an assistant coach. He worked closely with Hasheem Thabeet and Jeff Adrien, who helped the Huskies reach the 2009 Final Four. Thabeet was the No. 2 pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, while Adrien played this past season for the Golden State Warriors.

Prior to his stint at UConn, Sellers served for one season as an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts (2003-04) and for four years at his alma mater, Central Connecticut State University (1999-2003). Sellers helped Central Connecticut earn a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances in 2000 and 2002 under head coach Howie Dickenman, as the Blue Devils earned regular season and postseason Northeast Conference titles in both years.

Sellers began his coaching career at the high school level at St. Thomas Aquinas in New Britain, Connecticut. He served as assistant from 1994-97, before taking over head coaching duties in the 1997-98 season, when he guided his team to a conference title. He led the Saints to appearances in the Connecticut state tournament in both seasons as a head coach.

During his playing days at Central Connecticut, Sellers was a team captain as a senior and was named the East Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 1991. He led the Blue Devils in rebounding as a junior and senior and finished with 581 boards in his career. He also has international basketball experience, playing professionally in England after graduating from Central Connecticut and coaching last year in China.

Sellers replaces Allen Griffin on the Hofstra coaching staff, after Griffin resigned to accept an assistant coaching position at Dayton in May.