Missouri native will round out Bears basketball coaching staff for upcoming campaign
A former Southern Illinois player and assistant coach, Korn served under his former head coach Bruce Weber and alongside his former boss Chris Lowery during his one season at K-State. He played his first four years (1999-2003) for Weber at SIU. After redshirting his first season in Carbondale, he played the next three years for Weber. He concluded his Salukis’ playing career for current Purdue coach Matt Painter before eight years (2004-12) as a graduate assistant (2004-06) then a full-time assistant coach (2006-12) for Lowery at SIU.
MSU head coach Paul Lusk was an assistant coach for Painter during Korn’s senior season.
As an assistant coach at Southern, Korn helped the Salukis post a 145-116 (.556) overall record with four postseason appearances, two MVC regular-season titles (2005 and 2007) and one MVC Tournament title (2006). The Salukis won 20 or more games and advanced to three straight NCAA Tournaments (2005-07) during his coaching tenure, including a 2007 trip to the NCAA Sweet 16.
In Korn’s one season at Kansas State in 2012-13, the Wildcats finished 27-8 overall and 14-4 in the Big 12 to claim its first conference title since 1977. K-State was also 16-1 at home and earned a trip to the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Weber’s squad finished as runners-up in both the NIT Season Tip-Off and Big 12 Conference Tournament and later earned the No. 4 seed in the West Region.
During his playing career (1999-2004), Korn helped the Salukis through one of their most-successful periods. The Salukis went from 16 wins his redshirt freshman season to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and three Missouri Valley regular season titles. The 6-foot-9 forward saw action in 121 games in his career, averaging 5.2 points and 2.3 rebounds in 14.5 minutes per game. As a senior, he was named to the MVC’s Most Improved Team, averaged 9.7 points on 41 percent shooting with 4.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists in helping Southern to 25 wins and a 17-1 mark in MVC play in 2003-04.
A native of Plano, Ill., the 34-year-old earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Southern Illinois in 2004 and is completing his master's degree in Sport Administration at Missouri State. He and wife, Kristin, have two daughters -- 5-year-old Brielyn and 2-year-old Ashtyn.