Pitino hires two new assistant coaches

Louisville coach Rick Pitino announced several changes and additions to his coaching staff Wednesday morning on the backside of Churchill Downs, including the additions of two new assistant coaches, Marvin Menzies and Steve Masiello.

Louisville coach Rick Pitino announced several changes and additions to his coaching staff Wednesday morning on the backside of Churchill Downs.

Among those changes includes the hiring of two new assistant coaches, Marvin Menzies and Steve Masiello. Pitino also said that former assistant Vince Taylor will replace Bellermine head coach Scott Davenport as his administrative assistant, and that Dan McHale will join the staff as Director of Video Operations.

Menzies arrives at Louisville after serving one season under Lon Kruger at UNLV. Prior to his brief stint in Las Vegas, Menzies spent one season at USC (2003-04), and four seasons at San Diego State (1999-2003).

A noted recruiter, especially in Southern California, Menzies landed the first McDonald's All-American in Aztec history - 6-8 forward Evan Burns from Los Angeles. In his only season at UNLV, Menzies helped assemble an incoming class that has been rated as high as fourth-best nationally, though that ranking will fall with 6-foot-7 Davon Jefferson heading to prep school next season.

Louisville will be the fourth school that Menzies has coached during the past four years, and Pitino said his success is the reason for his frequent coaching moves.

"I think he's regarded as the best recruiter in California, if not the west coast, and has good contacts in other parts of the country as well," said Pitino. "That's why he's moved because coaches have tried to get him to join their staff, and at Las Vegas this year they had their best recruiting class in sometime, and he was a big factor in all of that."

And though Menzies has been nomadic the past few seasons, Pitino's hiring of the Los Angeles native appears to have been made with designs on future recruiting successes in California.

"With us, we don't need a whole lot next year," said Pitino. "We only have one scholarship, maybe two. It's more the sophomore class that we're looking for Marvin to have an impact on."


Masiello will provide
recruiting assistance on
the east coast.
Masiello, a former Pitino ball-boy and player at Kentucky, served as Bobby Gonzalez's top assistant the past two seasons. During his four seasons at Manhattan, the Jaspers compiled an 83-36 record, and made a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, including a first-round win over Florida in 2003-04.

"Marvin Menzies is regarded as the best recruiter on the west coast and we need him to replace Reggie (Theus)," said Pitino. "And then Steve Masiello will be groomed very similar to the way Kevin Willard was with the Boston Celtics six years ago."

"Steve is a terrific young man," added Pitino. "I wanted to get somebody from the northeast from a recruiting standpoint, and that's pretty much what he did exclusively (at Manhattan)."

Pitino also said the move of Taylor, who has been an assistant at U of L the past seven seasons, from the bench to an administative role should prove beneficial for the Lexington, Kentucky native.

"He'll get a lot of experience in a different area which will be great him," Pitino said.

McHale, a former graduate assistant at Louisville under Pitino, spent last season as Gonzalez's administative assistant at Manhattan. His primary duties at U of L will be providing advance scouting video of Cardinal opponents as well as evaluation video for U of L players.


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