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One of the most recognizable names in college basketball history became the 14th mens basketball head coach in Sun Devil history, as Vice President of Athletics Ray Anderson named 1992 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player Bobby Hurley as the new Sun Devil head coach on April 9, 2015.
His first season at ASU saw the Sun Devils notch eight top-100 RPI wins, including wins over SEC co-champion Texas A&M, Ohio Valley top seed Belmont and two Pac-12 NCAA Tournament teams (Oregon State and USC). ASUs strength of schedule was 23rd and its non-conference schedule was 13th. ASU earned come-from-behind road wins against Creighton (79-77 on Dec. 2) and UNLV (66-56 on Dec. 16).
Hurley, an NCAA champion with Duke in 1991 and 1992, led Buffalo to a school record-matching 23 wins in 2014-15, its first Mid-American Conference title and a trip to the 2015 NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. The Bulls fell to West Virginia in the second round, snapping an eight-game win streak that was Buffalos longest in a decade. After going to Division I status in 1991-92, Buffalo averaged 12.9 wins in its 22 seasons prior to Hurley, but was 42-20 in his two years, which included playing 29 games on the road.
Associate Head Coach
Rashon Burno, assistant coach at the University of Florida from 2012-15, joined the Arizona State University mens basketball coaching staff in July of 2015 and was named Associate Head Coach in the summer of 2016.
Burno, who held collegiate coaching positions at Towson State, Manhattan College and the University of Nebraska – the latter post he accepted in May after Florida head coach Billy Donovan was named head coach of the NBAs Oklahoma City Thunder – joined Levi Watkins and Brian Merritt on Bobby Hurleys staff.
“I am thrilled we were able to complete our staff with Rashon who not only is a great coach and recruiter but someone I am very familiar with,” said Hurley, who was named ASUs head coach on April 9. “He was part of a Final Four trip at Florida and is extremely connected and respected in the coaching world. He has a great family and is a great addition to Sun Devil Basketball.”
Levi Watkins enters his first season as an assistant coach at Arizona State, having spent the previous two years (2013-15) alongside Bobby Hurley at the University at Buffalo, where the Bulls went 42-20 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.
At Buffalo, Watkins played a major role in all aspects of the program, including recruiting (serving as the Recruiting Coordinator in 2014-15), player development, scouting and game preparation, academics and community relations.
Watkins helped guide the University at Buffalo to its first MAC Championship and NCAA Tournament berth in addition to winning the MAC regular season title. Buffalo also tied the programs highest win total (23) and finished with a program-best RPI of 29.
Sun Devil mens basketball head coach Bobby Hurley added southern California native Anthony Coleman to his coaching staff in the summer of 2016.
“Anthony comes to Arizona State highly recommended from people that I really respect, Coach Hurley said. “Hes played at a really high level in college and played professionally overseas. On the court, I think he, along with (assistant coach) Levi Watkins, will enhance our front-court through player development. He can help our front court players get better.”
Before working for Adidas since August of 2013, Coleman worked at USC under previous coach Kevin ONeill as director of basketball operations and player development coordinator. As a player, Coleman played under then-coach Thad Matta at Xavier and then finished his career at Long Beach State, where he averaged 12.3 points and five rebounds as a senior.
Justin McLean joined the Sun Devil staff as video coordinator in 2015 after finishing the previous two seasons as a graduate manager.
Completing his Masters in Liberal Studies at Arizona State, he spent the previous two seasons (2013-15) on the Sun Devil staff with numerous duties that included all day-to-day operations, overseeing the student managers and scout preparations.
Prior to his time at Arizona State he was a student manager for four seasons at St. Johns under Steve Lavin and Norm Roberts, while completing his Bachelors in Sports Management with a minor in Business.
Special Assistant to the Head Coach
The Sun Devil mens basketball program welcomed former Buffalo assistant coach Ben Wood to Bobby Hurleys staff as Special Assistant to the Head Coach in April of 2015.
“Bens energy and passion for the job will be a tremendous asset for Arizona State,” says Coach Hurley. “His background that includes being a part of a NCAA championship program is outstanding and he will play a big role in every part of the Sun Devil program.”.
Wood was in charge of several operations in 2014-15 as Buffalo earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the first time, including team travel and film exchange. He served in a similar capacity at Rhode Island prior to joining the Bulls, as he spent the 2012-13 season as the Rams director of player development, running the teams video operations, coordinating film exchange and opponent breakdowns and edits.
Director of Operations
Arizona State alumni Derrick Wrobel joined the Sun Devil staff in summer of 2015 after five seasons at St. Johns working for Steve Lavin as assistant to the head coach. St. Johns earned an NCAA berth in 2015, posted 21 victories and NCAA berth in 2011, an NIT appearance in 2013 and 20 wins and NIT berth in 2014.
Under Lavin the Red Storm went 81-53 with three 20-win seasons and two NCAA Tournament appearances.
Wrobel in his career at ASU, Cal and St. Johns has worked with a dozen players who have played or been drafted to the NBA and been on the staff of six NCAA Tournament teams including the 2010 Pac-10 Champion California Golden Bears.