Mike Scutero - Arkansas State
A proven recruiter reaching down to his home state Fla. He is another branch off the popular for picking Kermit Davis coaching tree. Over 15 years of experience at all levels most recently as head coach of Buffalo Island Central High School. This is his second run at ASU. He knows the area and the region through previous stops at Kennesaw State, MTSU, and Odessa JC.
Jeremy Ballard - VCU
At VCU Ballard rejoins new head coach Mike Rhoades, who was an assistant there with Ballard until becoming the head coach at Rice in 2014. Simply a tireless worker on the court, on the recruiting circuit and in the film room. Jeremey brings great energy to the position. His engaging personality has gone a long way in developing strong relationships throughout the industry.
John Rillie - UC Santa Barbara
Rillie's history of developing perimeter players continues with potential POY Heidegger. The native Australian, Rillie will be a big part of expanding an already largely international student body. Additionally, he brings high major expertise from playing his college basketball at Gonzaga and as a recent Boise State assistant.
Gus Argenal – Nevada
He brings a ton of DI experience with stints at UC Davis and Rice as well as a staffer at UTSA and a grad assistant at Arizona State. Along with the resourcefulness as a recent head coach of Cal State East Bay DII. Argenal is a coach good enough to be the cornerstone of this great foundation built for long term success in Reno.
Ron Coleman - Illinois
Coleman is from Chicago and brings strong ties to the AAU circuit and to the city's high schools as a former assistant there. Most recently an assistant at UIC, he excelled in development and defense. Prior to UIC, he served at Bradley and Colorado State under head coach Tim Miles who brought Coleman with him to Nebraska as the Director of Player Development.
Rob Fulford – Akron
After building one of the nations’ most successful prep school programs; Huntington Prep., and following three seasons as an assistant at Missouri, Fulford lands in Akron.The one time NAIA head coach brings more to the club than just a recruiting pipeline. His unique view of both prep school and college are a great asset along with the international and national connections.
James Kane – Dayton
Grant reunites with his long time video coordinator at both VCU and Alabama in Dayton Ohio. Most recently Kane served at Murray State where they made history and he assisted a 31-2 record in his first season at the school (2011-12) in which the Racers were ranked for 13 weeks and were in the top-10 for the first time in school history.
Jack Agostino – NC A&T
Upon receiving the call from his former player, Agostino jumped at the chance to return to coaching. Winning 473 games at Amityville High School (4 consecutive state titles, 9x Long Island champ., 11 Suffolk crowns and 2 state Federation championships) few know how to coach young men any better. He also allows for flexabiity with the rest of the staff to focus on their strengths.
Doug Esleeck – UNCW
Esleeck is a hard worker who knows the region and every player in it. A UNC grad, former Gardner-Webb and UNC Greensboro staffer, he is without question a trusted favorite son of NC. Most recently serving Hoffman at Mercer, first as assistant and the past three years as Associate Head Coach he has learned success and how to develop not only a player but an administration.
Nikita Johnson – WKU
Johnson expands Western’s reach South, specifically to Louisiana and Florida. Though not unfamiliar with Kentucky bluegrass from his time at Murray State. And as a former assistant in the Sun Belt, he is familiar with the WKU program. If you averaged out the total number of players he sent pro from the college ranks, you’re talking about two guys every year which seems to be accurate with the current production from WKU players.
Rasheen Davis - UMass
A train in reverse, the old VCU line directly connecting them to the Bronx now runs in the opposite direction. Passengers now enjoy a shorter travel time which allows for more family discounts and group ticket sales. At VCU he developed all A-10 players and he will be especially impactful working with the wing and guard play now in Amherst.
DeAndre Haynes - Michigan
In a restaurant Haynes ordered salsa for Beilein; only to watch his interviewer almost choke to death right in front of him. But Beilein has not gagged on the decision to hire Haynes anyway, His ability to teach, his familiarity with guard play, and his skill development all eclipsed the mishap that caused physical harm to his would be boss and the Detroit native’s dream job came to fruition.
Lou Gudino – NMSU
We could have put the entire NMSU staff (Mailhot and Anwar) on this list too. Nonetheless, the great soon to be head coach, Gudino had a major hand in delivering his previous team (Indiana State) five consecutive post seasons and way more accomplishments than we can fit here. He makes his mark in recruiting and defense. Both of which have spiked at NMSU this year.
BJ McKie – ETSU
During his six years at Charleston Southern, McKie helped that Buccaneer program win the Big South title in 2015, set a program record for wins that season, two NIT appearances and two Big South regular season titles. He provides the players a role model who has accomplished what the players strive for, on and off the court.
Dalonte Hill – Austin Peay
Don’t call it a comeback. He’s been staying close to the game in AAU and other avenues just awaiting the coaching opportunity at the college ranks. Responsible for Melo Trimble at Maryland, and building the recent resurrection of tournament teams in College Park he has proven his coaching ability. The high IQ guy will be a tremendous asset for AP.
Louis Orr - Georgetown
Orr has made a career out of the Big East and returns for the fifth time, now wearing grey and blue. Beyond basketball, Orr and head coach Ewing share a common bond and deep interpersonal connection as teammates in NY and lifelong friends. With a mutual respect only teammates can understand, Orr can quickly help Ewing navigate the Big East.
Steve Lutz – Purdue
Lutz is a proven winner with extensive experience working with bigs. He has already become a huge asset to a program where every action of their motion offense relies heavily on their bigs. Passion energy and drive have been at the root of unprecedented success impacting community culture and the students he has worked with both on and off the court.
Ed Schilling – Indiana
Ed plays a huge hand in helping Miller keep in-state prospects home. Additionally, his long experience will guide the younger head coach in all things high major. The bottom line is that when players sign up to learn from Schilling they are going to improve dramatically; and the entire Midwest knows that. To say that he is entrenched within the Hoosier State is an understatement.
Bobby Steinburg – Youngstown State
Basketball message boards and social media were a buzz with the news that Steinburg was departing Kent St. for Youngstown. His impact on community, culture and basketball is clear. It’s the same well-rounded coach YSU needed to build and re-brand men's basketball. The nationally well respected ball coach is known as an elite recruiter with a keen sense of the "business" of college basketball. Most importantly Steinburg is a top quality human being. A steal for Jerrod Calhoun and YSU.
Jeff Rutter – Miami (OH)
The Rutter offense has navigated winning waters in the Midwest for years. From North Dakota to Iowa to Wisconsin to Ohio. From Hoiberg to McDermott and as a former interim head coach himself, he has lots of tools and widgets in his tool bag to fix the situation at Miami (OH) and help restore a powerhouse program.
Greg Heiar – LSU
Building for a sustainable future, Wade picked up a big piece to the puzzle in Heiar; another bright and future HM head coach. His ability to recruit great players at every stop makes him an outstanding fit. Out of one-hundred and ten years of basketball, the six that Heiar spent on the Wichita State sideline overshadowed all the others winning .836% of their games.
Jeff Meyer – Butler
Back home and among family, Meyer begins his second run at Butler, having previously served on Lickliter’s staff. He has had an immediate impact as a strong recruiter and developer at the highest level. With a shared vision and a strong culture, Butler way leads directly to championship place.
James Johnson – NC State
Bringing in a guy with HM head coaching experience is a bonus especially when he’s from the same conference. Johnson also spent several years as an assistant for Seth Greenberg while he was at VT. The guy also has the ability to clean up on the recruiting trail and continue that process after a prospects signs as a strong teacher and developer.
Antonio Reynolds Dean – Clemson
Reynolds-Dean was a great player who got the most out of his ability has now thrives on getting the best out of his players. A great fit for recruiting, he signed all-conference players at every level from the southeast as he quickly navigated jobs at Northeastern and College of Charleston in route to his Alma matter Rhode Island before landing a destination positon.
Dave Rice – Washington
A great fit serving as a calming personality his leadership, knowledge and experience as an assistant and former head coach is extremely valuable at the highest level. He's succeeded firsthand in putting together a strong team capable of a run in the postseason which is exactly what Washington is looking to accomplish.
These are the top assistant coaches wearing new jerseys this year. Jumping right into the thick of the action, all season long they have been planning, providing SWOT analysis of the program and players, making major decisions, discipline, injuries, selecting starters, mentor, teacher, counselor, workouts, cheerleader, creating and implementing challenging drills, practices and much much more.
Pushing their team hard to constantly raise the bar, these relentless workers spend all night in the film room, scouting, evaluating and game planning. Ready and able to handle whatever situations may arise when their head coach has to step away from the game.