Ruta named Director of Operations at Nevada

University of Nevada head men’s basketball coach Eric Musselman has selected Anthony Ruta to be the Wolf Pack’s new Director of Basketball Operations. Ruta is the second member of the Musselman’s staff after Doug Stewart was named assistant coach last week.

“I’m happy I was able to hire Anthony as the Director of Basketball Operations,” Musselman said. “I worked with him at Arizona State and we spoke then about working together in the future. He is a tireless worker and has a great mind for organization. Anthony will be a great asset to the Wolf Pack basketball family.”

I’m very excited about the opportunity to join the Wolf Pack staff,” Ruta said. “The University of Nevada is a great basketball program with a very rich tradition. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work for Coach Musselman who is not only is one of the best basketball minds in the game, but also a great person as well.”

Ruta spent this past season as an assistant coach with Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League. He assisted in all areas with Mad Ants that included in game coaching and practice preparation. His primary responsibilities were defensive game planning.

Working with the guards and wings he coached Dahntay Jones who is currently a member of the Los Angeles Clippers and Andre Emmett. Emmett was named the MVP of the NBA D-League All-Star game.

Prior to coaching in the NBADL he attended Arizona State where he was a graduate assistant for two seasons. The Sun Devils advanced to the postseason both years playing in the NCAA and NIT Championships.

While at ASU he assisted in scouting and game preparation. Additional duties included assisting in scheduling, team workouts primarily with the guards, team travel and summer camps. He oversaw the team managers, organized the recruiting data base and served as the academics and facilities liaison.

As an undergraduate student at ASU Ruta was the head student manager for two seasons. He assisted with the daily operations of the Sun Devils basketball program which included workouts. Additionally he worked summer camps and organized the team managers.

Ruta received his bachelors of arts degree in English literature from ASU in 2012 and a masters of education degree in higher education in 2014.

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