Assistant Coach Biancardi Leaving SLU

Paul Biancardi knows the Saint Louis University basketball program will be successful very soon under coach Rick Majerus, but the assistant coach is leaving the Billikens after one year to pursue a new challenge as ESPN's National Director of High School/College Basketball recruiting.

"I feel extremely fortunate that ESPN has offered me a position on its team," Biancardi said in a press release. "This will be an exciting opportunity to lead ESPN in the world of high school and college basketball recruiting. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with coach Majerus. I have been blessed over the years to have some special relationships that will last a lifetime, and I consider coach Majerus one of those special people. He is a man who cares deeply for his student-athletes' education and possesses the rare ability to bring out the best of their basketball skills.

"I will miss the outstanding student-athletes in the program, along with the coaches and support staff who are exceptional people," Biancardi said. "Coach Majerus established the foundation for greatness in the Saint Louis program this past season, and I know first hand that the Billikens are heading to the top of the Atlantic 10 Conference under his tutelage. It was rewarding to be a part of that process."

Biancardi was a key recruiter for SLU and made inroads with several of the Billikens' top targets for the Class of 2009. When he spoke with the current Saint Louis U. players on Tuesday, before the official announcement was made, Biancardi told them that if they listen to coach Majerus and work hard, they would be successful.

The former Wright State head coach compared next year's SLU team — which will be lead by seniors Tommie Liddell, Kevin Lisch and Barry Eberhardt and sophomore Paul Eckerle — to one of his successful squads that relied on a few key seniors and some talented freshmen.

"I am very happy for Paul," Majerus said in a press release. "He did a terrific job for us. Paul is an excellent teacher of the game and a very good coach who will be missed by me, our staff and our players. Paul was a tireless worker. In a difficult situation, he excelled. Paul distinguished himself by his class and work ethic.

"ESPN is a great organization," Majerus said. "They call them the ‘World Wide Leader' for a reason. Paul will fit right in — he is diligent, determined, very smart and a self-starter. Above all else, Paul is the consummate family man. This is a terrific opportunity for his wife and kids. It provides job security. I'm happy for both ESPN as well as for Paul. I am sad for myself and especially our players because they will miss his coaching prowess as well as his genuine care and concern for their academic and athletic well being."

Biancardi was the head coach at Wright State from 2003-04 through 2005-06. The Boston native spent six years as an assistant coach at Ohio State and was an assistant coach at Boston College for seven seasons. During the 1989-90 campaign, Biancardi was an assistant coach at Boston University and helped the Terriers win the North Atlantic Conference title and earn an NCAA Tournament bid. He also served as an assistant at Suffolk University and Salem State College. Biancardi is a 1985 graduate of Salem State, where earned a degree in physical education.

Biancardi is the second assistant coach to leave SLU since the end of the season. Angres Thorpe, the lone holdover from former Billikens coach Brad Soderberg's coaching staff, left to take a job as an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in April.

Saint Louis University assistant coaches Porter Moser, Paul Biancardi and Angres Thorpe look on as the Billikens take on Detroit last season. Biancardi and Thorpe have since left to pursue other opportunities.

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