Heath establishing roles for new assistants
With three full-time assistants now on staff, USF men's basketball coach Stan Heath said he is starting to map out roles for his staff, which has assistant coach Steve Roccaforte back from last year, along with new additions Mike Wells and Donnie Marsh.
"I always want to get better as a coach myself, and if you can add people that can bring things to your program and enhance it, that's a positive," Heath said last week. "Roc will really oversee all the recruiting. I know that. I'm probably going to almost look at this like a football staff in some ways, because I'm going to really look at Mike more offensively and Donnie more defensively. I'll oversee everything, and I think we have a terrific, experienced staff. I've already seen the players gravitate and be excited about where we are and where we're going."
Marsh, 57, joined the staff last week after following Mike Davis in three stops from Indiana to UAB to Texas Southern. Heath said he was impressed by how big a role Davis had given Marsh within his coaching staff. Heath has also been pleased with what Wells has already done this summer in terms of player development, bringing a background that includes 12 years in the NBA with the Rockets, Spurs and Wizards.
"Mike's already done an incredible job -- he and I have bounced around a lot of things offensively," Heath said. "He's got a lot of the Spurs background, some things we could take from the Spurs and maybe implement. I'm excited. There are going to be a lot of basketball conversations, taking things here and there to make us a better team and a better program."
Four of the Bulls' six newcomers started classes Monday, with center John Egbunu and point guard Corey Allen expected to join the team for the start of fall classes in late August. Heath said the newfound depth, combined with new insights from his new assistants, have him excited about the full start of practice in late September and his first season in the new American Athletic Conference.
"I feel this roster has a lot of flexibility, a lot of versatility. We've got size, speed, some good guard play," he said. "We'll be better shooting the ball, and we should be really good defensively. Not just a team that can hold people down, but a team that can be more disruptive. When I think about all the things our team is capable of doing, I wanted to put together a staff where we can best utilize the talent we have."