November 9, 1998 Vol. III, No. 6

Braswell and Jerro to Fill Void in Athletic Department

A Search Has Been Set for Permanent Replacements for Bubb and Abraham

Men's basketball coach Bobby Braswell (left) and women's basketball assistant coach Frozena Jerro (right) have been named by Cal State Northridge President Blenda J. Wilson to fill voids left in the university's Athletic Department by the departures of Director Paul Bubb and Senior Associate Director Judy Brame.

Braswell has been named administrator in charge of the Athletic Department while the university searches for an acting director.

Jerro, a 1992 Pacific-10 All-Star team member, has been named the acting head coach of the Matador women's basketball team and will oversee its progress during its 1998-99 season, which opened Sunday with an exhibition game against the Portland Saints.

"I have every confidence that coach Braswell and coach Jerro will provide the leadership we need in what has been a particularly trying time for the Athletic Department," Wilson said.

With the encouragement of his fellow coaches, Braswell was willing to fill a temporary void in the department.

"I'm just happy to do whatever I can to help," he said."This is a very important time for the university and our Athletic Department. As we try to move forward with the goals of our department, people need to know that the student athletes and coaches are working hard every day to bring positive recognition to this university."

Bubb and Brame resigned following the Oct. 27 arrest of CSUN women's basketball coach Michael J. Abraham on campus on federal drug charges. Abraham initially was relieved of his coaching duties and then resigned effective Friday, Nov 6.

Following Abraham's arrest, Wilson ordered an internal inquiry into whether Athletic Department staff members had any prior knowledge of drug allegations involving Abraham. That inquiry indicated that Bubb and Brame were previously aware of such allegations, but felt they could not confirm them and did not report them to senior university officials at the time.

Bubb (left) and Brame (right) resigned their administrative positions on Nov. 3. Bubb will leave the university and Brame will return to her prior status as a faculty member in the Kinesiology Department. Jerro came to the university in July, 1997, as Northridge's second assistant coach. Prior to that, she was the head coach of the girls basketball team at King Junior High School in Berkeley, California.

Jerro represented the U.S. on the women's basketball West Team at the 1991 Olympic Festival and was a member of the PAC-10 All-Star Team that toured Europe in the summer of 1992.

Jerro, who earned her bachelor of science degree in business marketing from Arizona State in 1993, graduated from Cathedral High School in San Francisco in 1988, where she was a four-time all-conference basketball player.

Braswell, who graduated in from CSUN in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in English, came to the university in April, 1996, the fourth head coach of the men's basketball program in the university's 40-year history.

Under his guidance, in 1996-97, the Matadors posted the best season in its Division I history, reaching the Big Sky Conference Tournament championship game, and played before a national television audience on ESPN, as well as playing in three regionally televised games on Fox Sports.

Braswell came to Northridge from the University of Oregon, where he served as the top assistant to head coach Jerry Green.

November 9, 1998

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