Updated Thu, Apr 19, 2012 12:11 am
Jim Christian has assembled his first Ohio Bobcats coaching staff.
Originally reported by The Athens Messenger's Jason Arkley and confirmed by Ohio Athletics, Christian's four assistants will be Bill Wuczynski, Anthony Stewart, Aaron Fuss, and Chip Cunningham.
Meet the new assistant coaching staff of the Ohio men's basketball team.
Wuczynski spent the past four years as Christian's assistant at TCU. Prior to his stop in Fort Worth, Wuczynski spent three seasons as an assistant at Florida International. He was a major recruiting force during his time with the Horned Frogs. Wuczynski landed 2011-12 First-Team All-MWC guard Hank Thorns and forward Zvonko Buljan, who won the 2008-09 Mountain West Conference Newcomer of the Year and was a a two-time honorable mention All-MWC selection. He will most likely fill Dustin Ford's spot as the forwards coach, as Wuczynski primarily coached the TCU post players.
Stewart spent last season as an assistant at Southern Illinois, but has stops at Wyoming (2007-2011), Long Beach State (2004-2006) and Columbus State Community College (2001-2004). Stewart is an Akron native and a Mount Union graduate and will most likely be the lead in-state recruiter. He used his midwest recruiting ties to get Desmar Jackson, who was a Freshman All-America in 2010, all the way to Wyoming. Jackson then followed Stewart to the Saluki program when Stewart took the assistant job last season.
While the first two assistants bring loads of experience to Athens, the final two are fresh to the coaching scene. Fuss is the only assistant left from John Groce's staff. He has been Ohio's Director of Basketball Operations since 2009, but will get his first crack as an official assistant coach under Christian. As the Bobcats' DoBO, Fuss oversaw the day-to-day operations of the program, including scheduling, on-campus recruiting, academic monitoring and video coordination.
According to Arkley and Cunningham's Twitter bio (@TheRealChip_C), Cunningham was the video coordinator/graduate assistant for TCU last year. He will fill Fuss' position as Director of Basketball Operations and take on the same responsibilities Fuss had the past three seasons.
There is no word on what the assistant coaches salaries will be. In the past, former assistant coaches Dustin Ford and Jamall Walker earned approximately $65,000 per year.
Christian's annual salary will be a base salary of $425,000.