Head coach Dan Hurley has finalized his men’s basketball staff, with the hiring of Kevin Tirone and Ben Wood.
Tirone joins the Rams’ men’s basketball program after spending the previous four seasons as an assistant coach at New Jersey Institute of Technology. He was part of a coaching staff that took NJIT into the NCAA Division I ranks, seeing a nine-win improvement between the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons. In 2010-11, NJIT won 15 games overall and posted a 9-3 mark in the Great West Conference.
Prior to NJIT, Tirone served as the director of basketball operations at Robert Morris during the 2007-08 season, as the team posted a school-record 26 wins (26-8), won the Northeast Conference regular season championship (16-2) and played in the 2008 National Invitation Tournament.
From 2005-07, Tirone worked for The Hoop Group – the largest basketball instruction organization in the world. He was the director of the Pocono Invitational Basketball Camp, a prestigious overnight camp that has been in operation since 1963. He also directed the individual camps of legendary high school coaches Bob Hurley (St. Anthony) and Kevin Boyle (St. Patrick’s).
Prior to coming to Kingston, Wood served in numerous capacities at Connecticut – most recently as the Huskies’ head graduate manager. During his time in Storrs, UConn advanced to two Final Fours, winning the 2011 National Championship, and three Elite Eight appearances. During his time at UConn, Wood was also a member of two Big East Championship teams (2006, 2011).
As the head graduate manager, he coordinated off-season individual player development programs for current and former UConn student-athletes, assisted head coach Jim Calhoun and his staff during on-campus recruiting visits, worked with associate head coach George Blaney on opponent scouting, and served as a liaison between student-athletes, the coaching staff, and academic support personnel.
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