The new Gophers basketball staff is, at least in bulk, complete.
CBS sports’ Jeff Goodman and The Newark Star Ledger’s Brendan Prunty each reported on Tuesday that Seton Hall’s Dan McHale will be the newest assistant on Gophers coach Richard Pitino’s staff at Minnesota.
A source later confirmed to the Star Tribune that McHale is set to be hired.
University of Minnesota officials said previously that Pitino was seeking the lead assistant for his young staff. McHale, who has also worked at Iona and Louisville (as a video coordinator) previously, graduated in 2001, but has six years of experience as an assistant coach -- working at Iona for three and then Seton Hall for three.
With McHale in tow, the Gophers’ staff will be comparatively young with many they will face in the Big Ten. Pitino is just 30, and his oldest assistant is Kimani Young, at 39. Steve Goodson – who graduated in 2005 – also recently joined Pitino’s staff, after working at special assistant to Tubby Smith last season and Ben Johnson -- who graduated in 2004 -- left Nebraska for the Gophers after just a single season.
Now that the major roles on Minnesota's staff are filled, the Gophers can put their full weight into recruiting, which has already begun in full force. After getting a commitment from Daquein McNeil, the Gophers have three scholarships available for 2013-14.
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.
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