Jean Bain joined the Columbia staff in June 2016 after a four-year stint as Dartmouth's associate head coach.
With the Big Green, Bain was responsible for recruiting and developing post players, which included two-time All-Ivy League selection Gabas Maldunas.
Dartmouth increased its win total in each of Bain’s first three seasons and helped the Big Green reach the 2015 CollegeInsider.com Tournament, the team’s first postseason berth in 56 years. Also that season, one of Bain’s recruits, Miles Wright, earned Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors.
Prior to Dartmouth, Bain spent six seasons at the University of New Hampshire. At UNH, Bain worked closely with the perimeter players, including Tyrone Conley who he mentored to all-rookie status followed by second-team all-conference honors in his senior season. Two other protegés, Tyrece Gibbs and Alvin Abreu, both earned second-team All-America East honors twice. Three of his Wildcat recruits went on to score over 1,000 points in their collegiate careers, including the third all-time leading scorer in UNH history.
Bain began his coaching career at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2004-05, a thrilling season in the program’s history as the team set a new school record with 24 regular-season victories while winning the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular-season and tournament titles. Having qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in 20 years, WPI advanced all the way to the Sweet 16. In addition, he served as the assistant director of the WPI Summer Basketball Camp.
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.