Greg Youncofski - Cincinnati
The former Jayhawks student manager has dedicated his young hands-on career basketball operations by directing and managing team practice and games, assisting with scouting reports and basketball drills, creating video playbook, as well as organizing and supporting several clinics. Currently, this ever goal oriented and driven future assistant coach serves as program assistant for Cincinnati.
Mark Richmond - Fordham
A wealth of experience at only 30 years old, Richmond began as a student-asst under both Beilein and Huggins at WVU, has been a lead assistant for a top 25 DII program (Charleston), and a full-time DI assistant at both Centenary and ETSU (where he also served as DBO). He’s learned from the best and can master any task in the industry.
Todd Okeson - Hawaii
While new to Hawaii, Okeson is no stranger to college basketball. The former Southern Utah assistant and Georgia GA turned Director of Operations has also worked in the D- league. Back in the familiar Director of Basketball Operations role, he bolsters marketing, academics, youth camps, housing, and travel needs and will serve as a liaison for an entire island.
Michael Murphy - ULL
An excellent basketball mind, Murphy is without question a big part of the turn-around success in Lafayette over the past few years. Formerly serving as ten-year head coach for the women’s team at Troy, he understands the game and the job more than most at the Director of Basketball Operations level.
Matt Bloom - LaSalle
Active in academic support, his video work has been instructional and motivational long before officially being named Director of Operations for the Explorers. He is also outstanding with advanced statistics and unique evaluations to find value where most would not see it.
Jayd Grossman - Indiana
Grossman is Assistant Athletic Director-Basketball Administration marking twenty-five years in DI basketball, with stops at Cincinnati and Marquette. Responsible for the day-to-day administration of the program, working closely with academic support staffs, media relations, fund-raising, business and compliance staffs, he oversees all of the program’s University and Community outreach endeavors.
Brandon Chambers - Nevada
Chambers arrived at Nevada after a long term with a high level of success at Paul VI High School. Also experienced as an assistant coach at Misericordia University in Dallas, PA where his team captured the Middle Atlantic Conference Championship with a 21-7 record and earned a trip to the NCAA III tournament his first season.
Ryan Livingston - Minnesota
Before serving as the director of basketball operations at Minnesota, Livingston spent three seasons at Villanova, where he served as the Wildcats' special assistant to the head coach. In that role, Livingston had overseen all video operations including scouting, team breakdowns, and advanced statistics.
Michael Moynihan - Mississippi State
Trending upwards, Moynihan started as the video coordinator at Mississippi State before being promoted to director of operations. Prior to MSU, he spent a year at George Mason as the director of operations and as video coordinator at Troy before that. Success in basketball is in Moynihan’s DNA; he is the grandson of the legend, Lefty Driesell.
Kory Barnett - UCLA
The program’s Director of Player Development/Scouting first arrived in Westwood taking over the role of video coordinator. Today, formulating game plans and scouting reports, in addition to overseeing film breakdown and creating player development edits Barnett proves his worth more and more with every UCLA win.
Mark Fogle - Quinnipiac
Currently the DBO at Quinnipiac, Fogle has a wealth of experience at a young age with stops at Odessa College (assistant coach), Tulane (Coordinator of Video and Player Development), he began his career as a student-manager at the University of Tennessee. Fogle has the right demeanor and drive to be a star in college basketball.
Mario Mercurio - Xavier
Xavier University's first-ever Director of Basketball Administration is sharp, innovative and understands the landscape of college basketball says his head coach, Chris Mack. Mercurio's responsibilities include Xavier's non-conference scheduling securing spots in some of the country's top events.
Martin Bahar - USC
Bahar is in his second season as USC's Director of Scouting. Bahar spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at Fairfield where he recruited two of the top three scorers on the 2014-15 team. The relentless worker served GA and video coordinator roles at Georgetown and Vanderbilt.
Jeff Strohm - LMU
A work ethic simply not common today, Strohm started his coaching career while still in college, serving as an assistant coach for the varsity programs at Casey Westfield High and Sullivan High. Throughout his basketball life he has coached or recruited a list of NBA players including Andrew Bogut, Michael Doleac, Courtney Lee, Wes Matthews, Andre Miller, Steve Novak, and Dwayne Wade. He currently serves as the Director of Operations.
Brad Loos - Missouri
This Special Assistant to the HC formerly served as an assistant to Kim Anderson at both Missouri and Central Missouri and Associate HC over his final five years at Central. His accomplishments include a 274-95 record with the 2014 NCAA DII National Championship for Central Missouri. Son of current Austin Peay HC, Dave Loos, we can expect much more from this humble family man.
Ryan Reynolds - Arizona
The Wildcats Director of Basketball Operations has been with HC, Sean Miller since Xavier. Originally hired as an administrative assistant then promoted, Reynolds streamlines the program’s internal operations overseeing renovations to McKale Center weight room, additions to the Richard Jefferson Gymnasium, the locker room, and the McKale Center hallway project, all of which have helped position the program for long-term success.
Dan Matic - St. John’s
The Brooklyn born returns home as Director of Basketball Operations after spending two years as an assistant at South Alabama and one year at Eastern Illinois. He provides day-to-day administrative support within the program coordinating travel, managing game day operations and maintaining the team's calendar. His biggest role is continuing his innate ability to connect with players and serve as a mentor.
Brian Burg - Texas Tech
The humble, sincere, personable Burg has a reputation for being a meticulous worker. As Chief of Staff for Chris Beard’s Red Raiders, Burg is involved in all facets of the program. He boasts experience coaching at the junior college level, as well as DBO and coaching positions at DI programs like NCCU, Campbell, UALR, MTSU--this guy simply does it all to perfection.
Ryan Devlin - Penn State
The eleven-year coaching veteran has experienced great success at every level; including assisting legendary High School coach Stu Vetter at national powerhouse, Montrose Christian. He spent time as both an assistant and interim head coach in the Juco ranks. Now in his 4th season as Director of Player Development at Penn State, the highly networked Devlin is destined for a long-successful coaching career.
Orlando Vandross - UVA
Vandross has worked the AAU circuit, been an assistant coach at Boston University and even at the Juco level before making his mark as an assistant at Charlotte. He has now found himself in Charlottesville, Virginia as the Director of Recruiting/Player Development for Tony Bennett’s Cavaliers. Surrounding yourself with great people is the name of the game and Vandross has done just that.
Mike Morrell - Texas
The terrific worker spends an incredible amount of time with players, on and off the court dating back to his time as an assistant with Shaka Smart at VCU. Currently the Director of Program Development, Morrell has played an enormous role in Shaka’s rise up the coaching ranks.
Jeff Dunlap - NC State
A proven and successful administrator as Director of Operations, he also has a reputation as a recruiter. Dunlap has worked in the SEC, MAC, Horizon League and Big West Conference in his DI tenure having also previously coached in the DII and junior college ranks.
Jaden Uken - Fordham
Very seldom do we find two members from a staff ranked in the same category, however, at Fordham, Head Coach, Jeff Neubauer has more talent behind the scenes, as many do on the floor. With a basketball IQ that likely reaches over 150, Currently serving as Director of Operations, his no-task-beneath-me M.O. and successful experience as an assistant makes Uken the “Jack of all Trades—Master of MOST”. a common theme in coaching circles, the well-versed commodity that will be leading his own program in the not-so-distant future.
Brad Frederick - North Carolina
Behind-the-scenes and operational functions, including scouting, directing the Roy Williams Carolina Basketball Camp and coordinating team travel, this former Tar Heel wing also spent time as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt. Growing up with former Kansas Athletic Director, Dr. Bob Fredrick as your father, playing for both Hall of Famer Dean Smith and Bill Guthridge, and working under Kevin Stallings and Roy Williams, it is fair to say that Brad has received a first-class education in his trade.
Chris Jans - Wichita State
The ultra-successful former head coach, Jans is the total package; returning to Wichita to serve as Special Assistant to Gregg Marshall. Regarded as one of the nation’s great basketball minds, Jans has proven to be a valuable resource for Shockers. You can expect to find him ranked again in the future; but it won’t be this category. Jans will be back at the helm of a DI program sooner than later.
Behind every great coach and successful season stands a slew of staffers working tirelessly to make everyone else look good. This week we pull them out from the shadows to recognize the best College Basketball Staffers.