New Men's Basketball Assistant Hired

Siloam Springs, Ark. (April 11, 2007) — John Brown University Athletic Director Robyn Gordon has announced that Aaron Niven, former Southern Arkansas University assistant basketball coach, has been hired as the new men’s assistant basketball coach under Head Coach Clark Sheehy.

For the past seven years, Niven has been the men's assistant basketball coach at NCAA Divison II member Southern Arkansas in Magnolia. Prior to that, Niven spent two years (1998-2000) working as an assistant at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, then Westark College, under current Nebraska head coach Doc Sadler. Sheehy stated that he is upbeat about the hire and what Niven will add to the men’s basketball program.

“Niven’s experience and recruiting ties will be a tremendous asset to our team,” said Sheehy. “He will be a great example for our players, and I know they will enjoy being around and playing for him.”

A native of Rogers, Niven earned his bachelors degree from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville in 1998, and went on to earn a master of education degree in 2000.

Niven is also excited about this opportunity and is optimistic about the joining the team.

“I’ve been blessed to have this chance to work for a program that won a national championship in the last three years,” said Niven. “This is a good opportunity in my career, and I’m also happy to move closer to my family.”

The 32-year old Niven and his wife, Shannon, have a baby daughter named Madalyn.