Two sources with direct knowledge of the situation have confirmed to BearTerritory that new California head men's basketball coach Wyking Jones will retain another fellow Cuonzo Martin assistant, Tim O'Toole, who coached the Bears' big men last season.
One week ago, the Seattle Times reported that O'Toole, 53, would be headed to Washington with new head coach Mike Hopkins. One source on Sunday morning said that O'Toole has said he is staying, and a second source close to the situation confirmed that he will be staying on with Jones.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1761834-inside-the-locker-...O'Toole, who replaced Yann Hufnagel following his ouster in the spring of 2016, helped to implement zone defense principles this past season, and excels at the X's and O's of the game, according to a source familiar with his work.
The exuberant, high-energy O'Toole helped grow the games of both Kameron Rooks and Kingsley Okoroh over the last 12 months, and Okoroh had his most productive season as a Bear in 2016-17, setting career-highs in minutes played (21.2), shots per game (3.7), rebounds (5.5 rpg), assists (0.9 per game), blocks (2.2 per game) and points (4.6). Rooks set a career bests with 2.1 blocks and 11.5 points per 40 minutes, scoring just 2 fewer points than last season (118 to 120), despite playing 155 fewer minutes due to injury.
A former head coach at Fairfield, his alma mater, from 1998-2006, O'Toole earned the MAAC Coach of The Year Award in 2004.
In 2013, O'Toole served as 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). O'Toole received his B.A. in economics and political science from Fairfield, and took his MBA in finance from Fordahm.
Jones, who will officially be announced in a Wednesday press conference at Haas Pavilion, will be working over the next three days to finalize his staff.