Steve Goodson joining Pitino's Gophers staff as director of basketball operations
April 18, 2013 — 11:52am
One member of former coach Tubby Smith’s staff will stay at Minnesota.
Multiple U of M sources told the Star Tribune on Thursday that Steve Goodson – the former special assistant to Smith – will remain on the Gophers staff as new coach Richard Pitino’s director of basketball operations.
Minnesota had formerly hired Mike Balado, previously an assistant at Florida International, for that position, but he has resigned, a Gophers source said. Balado has been wooed for an assistant job at Florida International, but there is no indication as of yet whether he will indeed accept that job.
Goodson joins a staff that includes former FIU assistant Kimani Young and former Gophers player and Nebraska assistant Ben Johnson.
Marcus Fuller joined the Star Tribune in 2016 after 11 years covering Gophers sports – and just about every other team and league in town -- for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Before making the Twin Cities his home, Marcus spent two years in The Kansas City Star sports department. Marcus grew up in Hawaii and is a 2002 graduate of San Jose State. Follow Fuller on Twitter @Marcus_R_Fuller.
Freshman guard Isaiah Washington will make his local debut on a team with All-Big Ten forward Jordan Murphy. Nate Mason and Amir Coffey are teammates and Apple Valley star Tre Jones has two Minnesota teammates.