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Skeeters, Hanson won't return to Heath's staff

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April

Making changes after a disappointing 2012-13 season, USF men's basketball coach Stan Heath said Saturday that assistant coach Eric Skeeters and director of basketball operations Reggie Hanson won't be back with the Bulls next season.

"My goal for next season is to improve our team in all areas. Part of those changes are difficult ... staff changes," Heath said. "I want to thank Eric and Reggie for their efforts. Both coaches helped our program and I am hopeful will find another opportunity."

The two coaches were the longest-tenured on Heath's 2012-13 staff. Skeeters spent four years as a Bulls assistant, and Hanson was among Heath's first hires in 2007, spending four years as a full-time assistant before moving in 2011 to his current role as director of basketball operations. With assistant Andy Hipsher leaving last week to become associate head coach on his father Dan's staff at Texas-Pan American, the Bulls now have three openings, with associate head coach Steve Roccaforte the only returning assistant.

USF will have considerable change on the court as well, with a seven-player recruiting class coming in this summer. That includes a pair of national top-100 frontcourt players in freshmen John Egbunu and Chris Perry. The Bulls have two more scholarships committed than they have available, so at least one returning player or signee won't be with the team this fall; if necessary, Heath could have his son Josh, an incoming point guard signed from Tampa Prep, join the team initially as a walk-on.

The Bulls are just a year removed from their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 20 years, as well as the first two NCAA tourney wins in the program's history. Last year, the Bulls struggled without a significant post presence, finishing 12-19 overall and just 3-15 in the Big East. USF moves into the American Athletic Conference this summer and should fare better with less high-level competition in the new league.

[Last modified: Saturday, April 27, 2013 1:02pm]

    

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