Fordham head coach Jeff Neuabauer has been off and running since getting the job on March 30 and now one phase of his plan is complete: building a coaching staff.
“I feel really good about the guys that we have acquired, that we’ve convinced to help come with us to Fordham and help us build this,” Neubauer said of his staff.
The 44-year-old head coach added Rodney Crawford, who came with him from Eastern Kentucky as an assistant coach, as well as former player Willie Cruz who will serve as the assistant director of basketball operations and strength coach.
“We’ve just been able to hit the ground running,” Neubauer said of adding two coaches who were familiar with him at his time with the Colonels. “We’ve made a lot of progress [in the weight room].”
To complete his staff he added Tony Chiles, who spent the last five seasons on Steve Lavin’s staff at St. John’s, as well as Jaden Uken, who spent the last four seasons at Bradley.
“Tony’s a guy that I’ve known for about 20 years,” Neubauer said. “He has recruited the city, he is from the Bronx, he’s been a great asset not only for me but for our entire staff as we adjust to recruiting New York.”
Mike DePaoli, who was on the Fordham staff last season as an assistant coach, will return to the program as well in a different role.
Ryan Restivo wrote the America East conference preview for the 2014-15 Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. He covers the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and the America East conference among others for Big Apple Buckets. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanarestivo or contact Ryan at rrestivo[at]nycbuckets.com.