California head coach Cuonzo Martin has hired former Stanford assistant Tim O'Toole to replace Yann Hufnagel, who resigned last month following sexual harassment allegations, the school confirmed on Thursday morning.
“I’m excited to welcome Tim and his family to Cal,” Martin said in a statement. “Tim brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will enhance our staff and greatly benefit our program. Over his career, he has worked with some of the top programs and coaches in the country and has a proven record helping players develop their potential on the court and in the classroom. We are looking forward to having Tim be an integral part of our team.”
O'Toole, in 2013, was the director of basketball operations at Syracuse en route to the Final Four, after serving as an assistant under Orange head coach Jim Boeheim from 1992-1995. He's also served as an assistant at Fordham (1988-89), Army (1989-90), Duke (1995-97) and Seton Hall (1997-98).
?“My family and I are thrilled to be coming to Cal and joining Cuonzo Martin’s program,” O’Toole said in a statement. “It’s an amazing opportunity to be a part of what Cuonzo has started with his energy and passion. I’ve been blessed to have worked at some phenomenal academic institutions in my past, and this opportunity at Cal is right at the top of the list.”
The hire suggests that what Cal sources have been saying in the last several days is likely the case -- that Martin's contract situation (and the review of the reporting actions within the department vis a vis the sexual harassment allegations) is nearing a resolution. A source with knowledge of the situation has said that Martin's contract is only awaiting for the signature of the UC Office of the President.
A source at Stanford described the move as "a great hire" for Cal, who is "good at X's and O's" and "very good working with posts."
He's been described by several sources as "high energy," and "intense."
If he continues to coach post players, one source said, O'Toole will certainly be beneficial to Ivan Rabb, who decided on Sunday to return to Berkeley for his sophomore season, instead of declaring for the NBA Draft.
With the return of Rabb, and the commitment on April 11 of UNLV sophomore guard transfer Jordan Cornish and the commitment on Wednesday of Columbia point guard grad transfer Grant Mullins, the Bears do not have any scholarships available for the 2016-17 season, but will have NC State twins Cody Martin and Caleb Martin visiting this weekend, and seven-foot Drake center Dominik Olejniczak in town from May 5-7.
Yesterday, four-star point guard Charlie Moore -- lately a Memphis signee, who received a release and opened up his recruitment after the coaching change -- announced that the Bears were one of his eight finalists, after Cal was one of three programs in the running for Moore the first time around, back in November.